The Rise and Fall

of the Florida Railway

Part Three of Three

Florida Railway

Page 2

by Donald Raeburn Hensley, Jr.
April ,2003
Copyright(c)2003

All photos courtesy of the  Florida State Photographic Archives unless noted otherwise.




Shop crew with Fla ry 1

The crew at the Alton shops, the very tall T.P. Alston in the middle.

Roster of Equipment

Locomotives

No.

Type

Builder

C/N

Date

Cyl

Drs.

Notes

1

2-6-0

Baldwin

10887

1890

14x22”

38”

Built as Drew Lumber Co. # 1, to Suwannee & San Pedro # 1 to Florida Ry. # 1  scrapped circa 1920.

3

4-4-0

Baldwin

5113

1880

15x24”

57”

Built as Northern Pacific # 234, then to Drew Lumber Co. # 3 , to S&SP # 3, to Florida Ry. # 3, scrapped circa 1920.

5

4-4-0

NY Locomotive Works Rome, NY

?

?

16x24”

57”

Original owner unknown. To Live Oak & Gulf, to S&SP# 5 in 1903 for $3,000  and to Florida Ry. # 5 in 1905. Scrapped circa 1920.

7

4-4-0

Baldwin

8080

1885

15x28”

57”

Built for the South Florida RR # 7, to Savannah, Florida & Western # 207 to Atlantic Coast Line # 445 to Florida Ry. # 7 in 1905 for &7,373.02. Dismantled by 1916 and certainly scrapped circa 1920.

264

0-4-4F

Pittsburgh

1321

1892

12x16”

37”

Built for Manhattan Ry # 47 to O’Brien Construction Co. # 291 , Van Nest, NY to Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. # 264 to Frank Drew, agent, on 12/6/1918 for scrapping the Florida Ry. May have been sold to the Maule-Ojus Rock Co. circa 1922.

One other locomotive that has been noted to have been on the Suwannee & San Pedro is ex Atlantic Coast Line # 562. This was Baldwin 7090 built in 1883 for the Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West #3, to SF&W # 603 to ACL 562. It is now believed that the Suwannee & San Pedro leased this locomotive in 1903, as they mention a leased locomotive in their annual reports. However it is also mentioned that this locomotive was owned later on by the Burton Swartz Cypress Co. in Perry, but this company did not begin operations until 1915, so its unknown where this engine was at between 1904-1915. W.E. Boone, who leased and sold locomotives in this area during this time period, could very well have owned it.






Fla Ry Pass Cars at shops

Live Oak shops, T.P. Alston, superintendent on car.

Passenger Equipment

Original Number

New Number(1914)

Type

Notes

10

55

Baggage, Mail & Express

Purchased from Plant System in 1902. Sold or scrapped circa 1920.

11

 

Coach

Purchased from Plant System in 1902 . Sold or scrapped circa 1913

12

 

Coach

Purchased from Plant System in 1902. Needs repainting in 1916. Sold circa 1920.

13

53

Chair Car

Purchased from Plant System in 1902

20

52

Double Ended Passenger Car with Center Baggage Compartment (Jim Crow Car)

Ex Live Oak and Gulf, used on mixed train. Scrapped or sold circa 1920

21

 

Combination Pass. Mail and Express

Leased from Georgia Car & Locomotive in September of 1913 – returned in 1918.

22

50

Coach

Leased from Georgia Car & Locomotive in September of 1913 – returned in 1918.

Notes- 10, 11,12 and 13 are ex Plant System narrow gauge cars converted to standard gauge. May be ex-Florida Southern. Purchased 1902 for $8,500. The Florida Ry purchased or leased an ex Long Island Coach from Georgia Car & Locomotive in February of 1910. There is no mention of this coach in any of the Florida Ry records.

Interchange yards Live Oak

Live Oak, Florida Interchange track. Seaboard Air Line yards.



Freight and Maintenance of Way Equipment

Number

Type

Dimensions

Load Limit

Notes

1

Box Car

35’

 

Wood Truss Rod MOW Camp Car 1899 Scrapped Circa 1920.

50-52

Box Car

36’ x 8’2”

50,000#

Box or Camp Cars purchased 12/28/01 from American Equipment Co. Scrapped Circa 1920.

70-79

Flat Car

36’ x 8’2”

50,000#

Purchased 12/28/01 from American Equipment Co. Used in gravel service during road construction.  Scrapped circa 1920.

501-550

Flat Car

36’ x 8’2”

50,000#

Leased from Drew Lumber Co. 5/22/06 – sold circa 1922.

 

Lever Cars

 

 

6 cars

 

Inspection Car

 

 

1 car

 

4 wheel gas motor car

 

 

2 Cars

 

Hallman Track Laying machine

 

 

Purchased 1905-gone before 1916.

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