As short as the Ocala Northern was, it was twice as long as the O & SW. The latter, also owned by lumberman EP Rentz and which never measured more than 6 miles in length, was intended to reach Tampa. The 102 was a virtual duplicate of the Ocala Northern's 110 (Locobase 13715), but had a 4" longer driving wheelbase.
The line's short history that ended in abandonment in 1923 at which time locomotive rebuilder/reseller Georgia Car & Locomotive bought the 102. GC & L soon traded the relatively new Ten-wheeler for an old engine from the Andalusia, Florida & Gulf, which was the product of the 1919 reorganization of the bankrupt 25-mile-long Florida, Alabama & Gulf . The line linked Galliver, Fla with several north Florida towns and the Alabama town of Falco, named for the lumber company that owned the railroad. The AFG lasted only a short time before being abandoned in 1925.
The Ocilla Southern was a relatively late starter, its first rails laid down in 1906. As it expanded in pursuit of its goal to connect Atlanta, Ga with Nashville, Tenn, it acquired trackage rights between Ocilla and Fitzgerald and built its way north to Pope City and south to Alapaha. Alas for visions, reality insisted that the OC amass only about 1/3 of the needed distance and it entered receivership in 1918. It was fully abandoned by 1923.
The Ten-wheeler in this entry was essentially identical to several other 4-6-0s sold to small Southern railroads during this period. It had smaller drivers and set its boiler pressure to a lower level, but otherwise the boilers were essentially interchangeable.
When the OC collapsed, the 50 was sold to the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf as their 101 and served that line until it was scrapped many years later in May 1955.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Ocala & Southwestern||Ocilla Southern|
|Number in Class||1||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.57||0.51|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender)||46'||51.08'|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle)|
|Weight on Drivers||72000 lbs||98000 lbs|
|Engine Weight||99700 lbs||126000 lbs|
|Tender Light Weight||70000 lbs||90000 lbs|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight||169700 lbs||216000 lbs|
|Tender Water Capacity||3500 gals||4500 gals|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal)||6 tons|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated)||40 lb/yard||54 lb/yard|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Boiler Pressure||180 psi||185 psi|
|Cylinders (dia x stroke)||16" x 24"||18" x 26"|
|Tractive Effort||16786 lbs||23655 lbs|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.29||4.14|
|Firebox Area||90 sq. ft||152 sq. ft|
|Grate Area||15.50 sq. ft||22.40 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface||1222 sq. ft||1717 sq. ft|
|Combined Heating Surface||1222 sq. ft||1717 sq. ft|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||218.80||224.22|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2790||4144|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2790||4144|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||16200||28120|