The ECR was a 12-mile short line that began at Tarboro, NC and ran to Farmville, where it linked to the Norfolk Southern (aka Norfolk & Southern and not the Southern Railway System). It opened in 1901, extended to Maury and Hookerton in 1909.
In 1937, the ECR sold the 12 to the Atlantic & North Carolina, a 95-mile short line that ran between Goldsboro and Morehead. which was reorganized in 1939 as the Atlantic & East Carolina. The A&EC was known as the Tobacco Belt Route and in 1946 became the shortest railroad in North America to operate mainline diesel power when it acquired two EMD F-2-A freight locomotives (400-401).
The 12 was scrapped in June 1946.
The road closed in 1965.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.51|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||52.75'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||99000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||128000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||100000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||228000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||5000 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||8 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||55 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||185 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||18" x 26"|
|Tractive Effort||23446 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.22|
|Firebox Area||144 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||22.20 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1709 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1709 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||223.18|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||4107|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||4107|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||26640|