Friday, September 29, 2006

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Fitchburg Railroad Locomotive 139

Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works in 1879, builder #1122.

Ex. Troy & Boston #13 (2nd Pony)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Middleburgh & Schoharie Railroad Steam Locomotive in 1870

One drivewheel engine on Middleburg & Schoharie R. R. 1870

Built by Danforth-Cooke.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Woodstock Railway #4 "H. H. Paine"

Made by Manchester Locomotive Works in 1896.

Ex. Bangor & Aroostook No.3.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

West River Railroad #1

Built by ALCO in 1925. Builder #65198. Sold to W.R.R.R. in 1930.

44" Drivers 18"x24" Cylinders.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Catskill Mountain Railroad Steam Locomotive #1 "S. Sherwood Day"

C M R No 1 "S Sherwood Day". Built by Dickson in 1882 and sold upon abondonment.

4-4-0 3 ft gauge.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Union Pacific Railroad "Big Boy"

The world’s longest and heaviest single-unit locomotives, the giant articulated 4-8-8-4 ‘"Big Boys," were built for the Union Pacific Railroad by the American Locomotive Company. Each weighed 1,200,000 pounds in working order with her tender. This example, No. 40I9, was nearly 86 feet long— 132 feet with tender. These power factories were designed to pull heavy fast freight Over the Wasatch Mountains without the use of helper engines. Because of their great length and power, they worked mostly in the mountainous area of the West, and used extra- long turntables. According to Union Pacific motive power experts they could make up to 80 miles per hour, but developed their top horsepower at 30 miles per hour. Nearly all of the Big Boys have been scrapped. One of them is on exhibition at the National Museum of Transport, St. Louis, Missouri.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New York, Ontario & Western Railroad #73

New York, Ontario & Western No. 73, 4-4-0
Brooks, c/n 1129, 7/1886
18x24 118,000 82,000 180 lbs.
17,100 TE 69" Drivers
Rebuilt Rome Machine Works 1903
Scrapped 10/31/1932

Monday, September 18, 2006

Woodstock Railway Locomotive 3 "J.G. Porter"

Built by Manchester Locomotive Works, No. 37754 in 1905
Joseph A. Smith (1895-1978) was an avid collector of railroad photos, sharing many of them with fellow collectors in the Northeast. A former plumbing contractor, Smith presumably developed his interest in railroads through his father – a trolley motorman in Troy, NY.

His extensive collection focused on the lines that once served Troy: Delaware & Hudson, Rutland, Boston & Maine and New York Central. Many of his children – especially his sons Joseph Jr., James and Paul -- developed a similar interest and added to his collection with photos of their own. Maintaining the collection is now in the hands of his grandson, Kenneth Bradford. Coincidentally, Ken’s other grandfather worked as a manager at the Schenectady plant of the American Locomotive Company.

Smith was a life member of the Capital District Railroad Club of Schenectady. He was also a member of the Mohawk-Hudson Chapter Railway Historical Society and its parent organization, the National Railway Historical Society.