The "Tug & Grunt" came into being in the mid-1880s as fruit and produce growers established the "Golden Triangle" in central Florida. Beginning in Tavares, about 25 miles (41 km) northwest of Orlando, the line extended through Monteverde to Clermont (37 miles away) by 1887. After emerging from an 1892 receiveship, the T&G resumed construction in a reoriented direction beginning at Waits Junction and reached Winter Garden and Ocoee in 1914. The lightly built line used 40 lb/yard (20 kg/metre) rail, included some 3 1/2% grades and 14-degree curves.
Tavares's Lake County had entered a boom period in agriculture and an April 1913 "Resolution of the Tavares Board of Trade" (cited in US House of Representatives Document 514, 63rd Congress, 2nd Session, p. 34) argued for a 60-foot (18.3 m) wide, 6-foot deep (1.8 m) canal rather than the planned 30-foot-wide (9.15 m) channel. The resolution summarized the variety of bustling commerce around Lake Apopka. The T&G's totals of "fruits, vegetables and naval stores" logged at Tavares for which the line received $7,573.89 for incoming freight and $1,801.46 in forwarding and outgoing freight:
Oranges boxes.. 94,221
Lettuce hampers.. 21,764
Cabbage crates.. 795
Naval stores barrels.. 4,679
Cucumbers hampers.. 24,347
Squash crates.. 776
Potatoes barrels.. 1,479
Tomatoes crates.. 8,568
Watermelons cars.. 82
This mixed-service wood-burning Prairie entered service soon after that milestone was achieved. It was converted to coal burning in 1922.
In 1926, the Seaboard Air Line bought the T&G, but operated it as an independent company for decades afterward.
Virtually identical to the northwest logger described in Locobase 12792, the T & G engine differed in burning soft coal.
Other than a slightly larger tender, this was the standard Baldwin logging Prairie of the day. Its career resembled those of most of its sisters as it served several companies in succession.
In 1921, the 5 was sold to Big Sandy Lumber and later to Grubbs Lumber for a year. Still not having traversed every last rail of logging road, the 21 journeyed in September 1922 to Ingham Burnett Lumber in Allison, Ala. IBL sold the engine to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive in March 1926. The 21 languished in the BR & L lot for years until Atlas Plywood bought it in March 1934 for its Atlantic & Carolina shortline based in Warsaw, NC
The T & G was a 9-mile logging road that linked the stands of pine in northwest Louisiana to the junction with the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Railroad. With other branch lines, the T & G eventually covered 98.5 miles.
According to Willis, the #14 "...handled three scheduled log trains daily to keep the sawmills busy."
Served that railroad until it was sold to the Forest Lumber Company.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Tavares & Gulf||Tremont & Gulf||Tremont & Gulf||Tremont & Gulf||Tremont & Gulf|
|Number in Class||1||1||1||1||1|
|Builder||Baldwin||Burnham, Williams & Co||Burnham, Williams & Co||Burnham, Williams & Co||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.38||0.32||0.39||0.40||0.39|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||49.87'||44.33'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||77000 lbs||81000 lbs||61000 lbs||75000 lbs||61000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||103000 lbs||110000 lbs||83000 lbs||100000 lbs||82000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||80000 lbs||70000 lbs||63000 lbs||60000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||183000 lbs||180000 lbs||146000 lbs||160000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||4000 gals||3500 gals||3500 gals||3000 gals||3000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||43 lb/yard||45 lb/yard||34 lb/yard||42 lb/yard||34 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi||180 psi||180 psi||200 psi||200 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||16" x 24"||16" x 24"||15" x 20"||15" x 24"||14.5" x 20"|
|Tractive Effort||20435 lbs||21364 lbs||14967 lbs||18360 lbs||17435 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.77||3.79||4.08||4.08||3.50|
|Firebox Area||112 sq. ft||122.70 sq. ft||82.20 sq. ft||93.40 sq. ft||74.90 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||16.80 sq. ft||16 sq. ft||14.13 sq. ft||14.40 sq. ft||12.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1366 sq. ft||1562 sq. ft||991 sq. ft||1348 sq. ft||924 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1366 sq. ft||1562 sq. ft||991 sq. ft||1348 sq. ft||924 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||244.58||279.68||242.26||274.61||241.73|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||3024||2880||2543||2880||2500|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||3024||2880||2543||2880||2500|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||20160||22086||14796||18680||14980|