The B & GN was established in 1905 to connect Trinity (about 70 miles mostly north of Houston) with Livingston, which lay 37 miles to its southeast. In 1908, the newly completed line was sold to a Mr R C Duff for his ambitious Waco to Port Arthur line. But in 1910, one of the original investors - William Carlisle of Atchison, Kans -- bought it back and added 15 miles from Trinity northwest to Weldon in the next year.
Duff bought back the now-longer segment of his dream railroad to sell it to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas apparently because they intended to extend the line past Weldon all the way to Waco. Prohibited by the Texas Attorney General from consolidating the line into the Katy proper, the bigger road leased it for 99 years in exchange for a plan to build the Weldon-Waco segment.
Instead, the Katy went into receivership and the railroad grew no larger. When the road reverted to Duff and his investment partners in 1923, they dubbed it the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine Railway. The Katy willingly sold Duff the 66-mile Trinity-Colmesneil portion of their Sabine line. Alas for Duff, he was never able to build the Weldon-Waco segment and the whole railroad went into receivership in 1930, a suspension that would last until its official demise in 1961.
During this period, according to Don Ross of http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr024.htm (last accessed 28 October 2011), its nickname was "Wobblety Bobblety Turnover and Stop." He adds, in a smile-inducing aside, "Now, can anyone pronounce Wobblety Bobblety without grinning?"
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Beaumont & Great Northern|
|Number in Class||1|
|Builder||Burnham, Williams & Co|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.50|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||90000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||110000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||80000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||190000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||4000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||50 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||200 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||18" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||26438 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||3.40|
|Firebox Area||114 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||22 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1334 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1334 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||188.72|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||4400|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||4400|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||22800|