Carpenter-O'Brien logged timber holdings in Florida, a job for which these lightly loaded, low-drivered Prairies, burning wood and sporting Radley & Hunter cabbage stacks, were well-suited.
Each of the three had a different career with the 1 being the best known. It operated in support of the company's Eastport, Fla mill. Brooks-Scanlon bought the company in December 1917. The 1 continued in B-S service throughout World War II, first in Eastport, then after 1929 at Foley. At some point the cabbage stack was replaced by a straight (aka "shotgun") stack.
In 1947, B-S sold the 1 to the Lee Tidewater Cypress Company, which operated the 1 until 1959. F Nelson Blount bought the 1 in 1962 and moved it to Bellows Falls, Vt where it joined many other engines at Steamtown. The display moved to Scranton, Pa and was designated a National Historical Site in 1988.
3 was sold by B-S to Revell Crate of Wauchula, Fla. It was donated in January 1967 to the Peace River Valley Historical Society of Zolfo Springs and went on display in that town's Pioneer Park. According to the Cracker Trail Museum and Village website (http://www.hardeecounty.net/crackertrailmuseum/about.html), the 3 was also known as the "Loping Gopher".
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Number in Class||3|
|Road Numbers||1, 3, 5|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.37|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||46.92'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||82900 lbs|
|Engine Weight||109000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||70000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||179000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||3500 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||46 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||16" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||21364 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.88|
|Firebox Area||112 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||16 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1594 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1594 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||285.40|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2880|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2880|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||20160|