Taplines - Short Line and Industrial Railroading in the South

FLORIDA SOUTHERN'S ROLLING STOCK


Florida Southern Railway # 8 photographed by the builder, the Rhode Island Locomotive Works.

A newspaper report said that this engine was made to order so there was no mistake in the missing sand dome.

Sand was applied using the small box under the running borad in front of the first driver, the same method used
by surburban  street railways. This engine may have been painted to match the roads passenger equipment,

which were painted Crimson Lake with a Piano Finish,  Olive Green Trucks and Red Wheels.

FS # 18, the Fanny T. Perry , location unknown. This Brooks order were delivered with Rushton balloon stacks but the 19 was changed over to straight stack for some odd reason. 

FS # 21 the Ocala, location unknown, with its original stack.

Here is a builders photo taken at Dunkirk, NY during the Winter of 1885, hence all the snow.

These narrow gauge Brooks were pretty little machines.

Florida Southern Railway’s Narrow Gauge Roster By Donald R. Hensley, Jr.

No.

Name and Service

Type

Builder

C/N

Date

Cyl.s

Dr.s

Notes

1(1st)

?

2-6-0

Brooks

284

8/1876

11x16

36

In service photo.
Orig
Emlelton & Shippensville #2

To FS in April of 1881   

Off roster by 1891 receivership.

1(2nd)

?

4-4-0

Grant

1521

1882

14x20

46

In service photo.
Purchased used from Grant 10/1885

Orig TC&St.L 67  repossessed

By Grant and resold to Fla Sou 1.

Off roster by 1891

2

?

2-6-0

Brooks

292

10/1876

11x16

36

Orig Emlelton & Shippensville # 3 .

To FS in April of 1881

 Off roster by 1891

3

?

2-6-0

Brooks

293

10/1876

11x16

36

Orig Emlelton & Shippensville # 4

To FS in April of 1881

Off roster by 1891

4(1st)

?

 

2-6-0

Unknown

?

?

?

?

 Said to be a Rogers, but rogers built no narrow gauge 

engines. To FS in July of 1881

4(2nd)

?

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Grant

1524

1882

14x20

46

Purchased used from Grant 10/1885

Orig TC&St.L 70 repossessed

By Grant and resold to Fla Sou #4

 renumbered Fla Sou # 700  circa 1897

to Atlantic Coast Line # 802 circa 1902

Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment 3/4/05

5

?

2-4-4t

Mason

?

?

?

?

Off roster by 1891

second hand arrived Julyof 1881.

6

Geo. B. Nichols

(Switcher service in 1891-92)

2-6-0

Baldwin

6007

1/1882

 

 

Built for stock

To FS in September of 1881

to North State Lumber Co., Charleston, SC 2/17/09

7

John W. Chandler

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Brooks

900

4/1883

14x18

48

Displayed at Nat’l. Exposition of Ry Appliances)

To Florida Southern #7  on 11/21/1883

To Bellaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati # 9 in 4/1900

 To Ohio River & Western #9 in 1903

To Pennsylvania RR #9665 in 1920

Scrapped 12/1923

8

Sherman Conant

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1477

6/1884

14x18

48

In service photo & Builders Photo. Off roster by 1891

9

James D. Hollister

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1478

6/1884

14x18

48

Off roster by 1891

10

J. R. Edwards

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1479

6/1884

14x18

48

to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. # 271

to Alma RR # 2, Bellamy, NC 1/6/1904

11

Rhode Island

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1493

11/1884

14x18

48

Off roster by 1891

12

?

(Switcher service in 1891-92)

2-6-0

Brooks

901

4/1883

15x18

37

Purchased 12/1885

Orig. TC&St.L. #88

13

?

(Freight service in 1891-92)

2-6-0

Brooks

902

4/1883

15x18

37

Purchased 12/1885

Orig. TC&St.L. #89

14

Asa C. Potter

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1576

8/1885

14x18

45

 

15

J.W. Burns

Later renamed: Frank Q. Brown

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1586

11/1885

14x18

45

 

16

R.H. Brown

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1590

11/1885

14x18

45

 

17

Ed Avery

(Freight service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Rhode Island

1591

12/1885

14x18

45

Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment # 563

Sold to Melton Lumber Co. # 7 (Micanopy, Fla)

On 7/24/12 for $1800.00

Sold to SI&E # 1001

Sold to Escambia Mills # 1400 (Pace, Fla) 4/15/19

18

Fanny T. Perry

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Brooks

1086

12/1885

14x18

48

In service photo.

19

John R. Brewer

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Brooks

1087

1/1886

14x18

48

In service photo.

20

?

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Mt. Savage

?

1883

?

?

Possible Display Engine at the

Nat’l. Exposition of Ry Appliances in 1883.

To Florida Southern in 1885-86

 

21

Ocala

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Brooks

1089

1/1886

14x18

48

In service photo.

22

Palatka

(Passenger service in 1891-92)

4-4-0

Brooks

1088

1/1886

14x18

48

Builders Photo

To Bellaire, Zanesville & Cincinnati # 10 in 6/1900

 To Ohio River & Western #10 in 1903

To Pennsylvania RR #9666 in 1920

Scrapped 6/1923

 

23

?

(Freight service in 1891-92)

2-6-0

Mt. Savage

 

 

 

 

Possible Display Engine at the

Nat’l. Exposition of Ry Appliances in 1883.

To Florida Southern in 1885-86

24

?

(Freight service in 1891-92)

2-6-0

Grant

1585

1883

14x20

46

Purchased used from Grant 10/1885

Orig TC&St.L 72 repossessed

By Grant and resold to Fla Sou 24

 

The Florida Southern began service in 1881 with  six locomotives, all 2-6-0s except for the one tiny Mason Bogie of unkown origins.
During the Summer of 1883, while at the National Exposition of Railway Appliances in Chicago, IL , they visited the Brooks displayed and they purchased the passenger engine on display(it won the Gold Medal), which became number 7 in November of 1883.  With the line to Leesburg finished and freight and passenger business picking up the company in 1884 decided to place an order to Rhode Island for three 4-4-0 passenger engines, which arrived in June of 1884, they soon placed an order for one more, which arrived in November of 1884. #s 8-11

With the completion of the road to Brooksville and Pemberton's Ferry, the line needed more engines, as some of their earlier second hand engines had worn out. A deal came up with the builder Grant, which had some reprocessed narrow gauge engines from the Texas, Cincinatti & St. Louis, these  4-4-0s replaced #1 & # 4. They also were able to pick up a couple of reprocessed Brooks Moguls also ex TC&STL, which beame #s 12 & 13. 

With the building and completion of the Charlotte Harbor Division in late 1885, the railroad placed a large order of 4-4-0s from both Rhode Island (14-17) and Brooks (18-19, 21-22). From Mt. Savage they purchased both a 4-4-0 (20) and a 2-6-0 (23), both of which may also have been an unsold display engine at the expo in 1883 .  To round out the roster there was another repo Grant engine from the TC&STL, a 2-6-0 that became number 24.

A good view of a Florida Southern Ventelated Boxcar on a St. Johns & Lake Eustis train.

The Florida Southern was an early user of  ventilated box cars and built many of these at their car shops in Palatka, but they did buy a large order from the Blaine Brothers Car Factory in Green Cove Springs. It is not known if they had any plain box cars, all photos I have seen shows the vents. Using information from the 1890-1891 Receiver’s Report to the US Courts and the 1893 Equipment Register I have typed up the following roster:

Cabooses         A,B,C,D,E,F,G,303,312 & 307 (The last three are ex box cars)

Flat Cars          101-178           28’       25,000# (1890)            30,000# (1893)
                                    179-218           32’       40,000# (1890 & 1893)

Box Cars          301                  ?          12,000# (1890 only)
                                    301-335           28’       25,000# (1890, except 301)30,000# 1893
                                    336-445           32’       40,000# (1890 & 1893)

Stock Cars       600-605           ?          ?

St. Johns & Lake Eustis RR Flat & Box Cars 1-17

Officers’ Car                           Interlachen
1 Parlor Car                            Governor Perry & Governor Bloxham
Mail Baggage & Express        1-2
Express                                    3-4, 40-41
Combinations                          6-9
Coaches                                   10-22, 24-30

Bridge Gang Car                     1002
Wrecking Coach                          23

One of the FS Grant locomotives in Punta Gorda around 1890. May be # 4.

Locomotives in 1890:
Five Passenger engines           7, 18, 19, 20 & 21
Ten Freight engines                4, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24
2 Switch engines                     6 & 12


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