Even as late as 1909, railroads were being chartered to fill in gaps in a dense railroad network. According to the Mount Pleasant history website (http://www.mpcity.net/history.htm, last accessed 30 January 2012), "...the difficulty of getting around during the wetter times of the year prompted the formation of the Paris and Mount Pleasant Railroad." The plan was to build from Paris, Texas (a few miles south of Hugo, Oklahoma) southeast to the county seat of Titus County, Mount Pleasant, a distance of 55 miles. Viewed in the context of the usual outcomes of many such shortline ambitions, it's remarkable that the plan was executed to the last milepost. The 24-mile section between Paris and Bogota was completed in less than a year and the additional 27 miles to Mount Pleasant was opened 19 months later in May 1912.
After its completion and despite an extended stay in receivership from 1920-1931, the Pa & Ma served the local communities for 40 years.
The 102 served for almost 3/4 of the time before being retired in 1939-1940.
For a wonder, that's just what happened. The 24-mile section between Paris and Bogota was completed in less than a year and the additional 27 miles to Mount Pleasant was opened 19 months later in May 1912.
A year after the P&MP bought its first Baldwin Ten-wheeler, it returned to Eddystone for a bigger engine. The 103 was larger than the 102 in every dimension save wheelbase. Sister 104 followed 15 months later.
Both engines operated on the railroad for almost 30 years before being retired in 1939-1940.
|Specifications by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Railroad||Paris & Mount Pleasant||Paris & Mount Pleasant|
|Number in Class||1||2|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft)||13.17||11.33|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft)||22.98||21.58|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.57||0.53|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft)||45.57||49.21|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs)||73,000||95,000|
|Engine Weight (lbs)||98,000||119,600|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs)||70,000||100,000|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs)||168,000||219,600|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals)||3500||5000|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons)||5||7|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd)||41||53|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in)||56||56|
|Boiler Pressure (psi)||180||180|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in)||16" x 24"||18" x 24"|
|Tractive Effort (lbs)||16,786||21,245|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.35||4.47|
|Firebox Area (sq ft)||90||140|
|Grate Area (sq ft)||15.50||21.50|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft)||1222||1622|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft)|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft)||1222||1622|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||218.80||229.47|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||2790||3870|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||2790||3870|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||16,200||25,200|