Plant City, Florida's Warnell Lumber & Veneer provided a variety of products including crates for the trainloads of oranges that headed north every winter. Its standard-gauge, but lightly built, railway ran 75 miles (121 km) south and southeast from Plant City to Arcadia.
Warnell's name appears in monthly journals devoting to packaging and woodcraft and Locobase includes two items to give a flavor of business affairs and practices of the day. In July 1903's Packages (Volume 6, #3), p. 50, the company's florid, yet uninformative reply to the journal's inquiry about a proposed business combination read:
"We are in receipt of your esteemed favor of the 18th inst., stating that you are informed that the fruit package manufacturers of Georgia and Florida have formed a combination of which we are a member, and asking for further particulars. In reply thereto beg to state that at present this combination exists only in a tentative form, but by September we are in hopes it will assume a more tangible shape. At that time, we can give you full particulars but do not think it advisable to do so now."
That is, "We don't know and we certainly aren't going to tell you."
Most of the WL&V's motive power consisted of Shay-type geared locomotives, but this tiny wood-burning, rod-driven Mogul crept onto the road in 1907. Soon after the company took delivery of the 12, September 1909's Wood Craft reported that Warnell had doubled the size of its warehouse, installed a new St Joe veneer lathe and clipper, and bought an Ames 150-hp boiler.
The 7 was later sold to the Manatee Crate Company. Surprisingly, Al Weber's note on 31862's card said that it was "qualified to run over Seaboard tracks."
WL&V was finally sold to Exchange Supply Company, in 1920, four years after the ESC was formed in 1916 as a subsidiary of the Florida Citrus Exchange.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Warnell Lumber & Veneer|
|Number in Class||1|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft)||10.33|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft)||16.50|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.63|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs)||41,000|
|Engine Weight (lbs)||50,000|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals)||1800|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)||23|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in)||42|
|Boiler Pressure (psi)||160|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)||13" x 18"|
|Tractive Effort (lbs)||9850|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.16|
|Firebox Area (sq ft)||57|
|Grate Area (sq ft)||10.70|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)||477|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft)|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)||477|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||172.50|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||1712|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||1712|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||9120|