E P Rentz intended to build this logging road from Ocala and opened the first little section from Silver Springs over trackage rights to Ocala in 1910. He laid 45 miles of track between Ocala and Palatka, at which point the money ran out in 1914. After reorganization, the physical entity reappeared as the Ocklawaha Valley in April 1915.
lthough this new variant tried hard with new 60-lb/yard (30-kg/metre) rail and an express known as the The Silver Springs Special that ran between Palatka and Ocala, it never made a profit and the line went bust in 1922. Mann then tells the gruesome story of thwarted public purpose as it unfolded during the distribution of assets. Several railroads wanted to take over OV because of its central location. Mann quotes an individual who described the OV as "...some of the most important route miles in the state." Representatives of each of the major roads -- Seaboard, ACL, Southern, Florida East Coast -- each would have outbid any of the others had they bid. None of them did, for fear of setting off a bidding war, so Assets Realization of New York bought the line for its scrap value.
The state mobilized to prevent the dismantling of this railroad, taking their case all the way to the United States Supreme Court and winning. Alas for the hopes of all, ARNY had simply gone ahead and torn up the rails in defiance of the legal proceedings, so the line was declared abandoned by the Florida Railroad Commission.
The 110, which was a typical small wood-burning Baldwin Ten-wheeler then common in the southeast, was bought by locomotive rebuilder/reseller Birmingham Rail & Locomotive. BR & L sold the engine in January 1924 to R L Dowling & Son of Manatee, Fla.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.56|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||46.40'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||73600 lbs|
|Engine Weight||98300 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||70000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||168300 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||3500 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||41 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||16" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort||16786 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.38|
|Firebox Area||90 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||15.50 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1222 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1222 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||218.80|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2790|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2790|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||16200|