Chartered on 6 July 1903 by its owner, the Mississippi Lumber Company, the ME was a short line common carrier based in Quitman, Miss. It reached Threadville by 1908 and opened the 10.8-mile Pine Ridge extension in December 1909 to cut the timber in that area. Once those stands were cut over, the extension was closed in March 1915.
Long-Bell bought the MLC's assets and timber holdings in July 1917. The ME's August 1920 timetable shows four local trains daily, the 1 and 3 heading toward Threadville on a 1 1/2 hour schedule and the 2 and 4 returning.
Once the region's timber was cut out in 1933, the ME withered. It had already abandoned the last 1.1 miles between Crandall and Threadville in 1931. Long-Bell sold the 303 to locomotive rebuilder/reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive in May 1934. BR&L sold it to South Carolina shortline Lancaster & Chester as their 32.
Back in Mississippi, permission abandon the ME's remaining 15.5 miles was granted in November 1942 and the line was closed on 26 December.
The Hampton & Branchville bought L&C's 32 in 1946 and operated it until 1963, sellling to Pennsylvania's York Southern. The YS renumbered the 32 as #1 and sold it in 1970 to Richard Jensen. Finally, William Latham bought the 1 in a 1986 court sale and stored it in Chicago, Ill.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.52|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||52.29'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||102000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||132000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||90000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||222000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||4500 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||8 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||57 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||19" x 26"|
|Tractive Effort||25194 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.05|
|Firebox Area||148 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||31.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1940 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1940 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||227.38|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||5670|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||5670|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||26640|