Friday, November 24, 2006

Boston & Maine #608 "Sullivan County"

This engine was originally Connecticut River RR No 41 no name.

Was built by the Schenectady Loco Co in 1883 – 17”x24” drivers, weight 39.5 tons, 25 tons wt on drivers, Steam Press 140 lbs.

Tender weight 30 tons carried 2,900 gals water, 6 tons of coal.

Scrapped in 1908. Picture taken in Springfield Mass in 1901.

In 1893, the B&M made this engine 608 and relettered her Sullivan County.

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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.