Sunday, June 17, 2007

Boston & Maine Railroad Steam Locomotive #1310

Boston & Maine RR

This engine was built by the Dickson Loco Wks in 1887 for the Boston Hoosac Tunnel and Western RR. on that road she was the number 12 In 1892 The Fitchburg RR took control and they renumbered her 164 in 1895 she became the 215 and in 1899 she was again renumbered 223 The Boston & Maine leased the Fitchburg in 1900 and they made this engine thier 998 put her in class B-6 She had 18x24 cyls 54 7/8 drivers Wt. 544 Tons 46.5 Tons on drivers carried 135 lbs steam Tender Wt 30 Tons 3100 gals water 6 Tons coal In 1911 was renumbered 1310 scrapped around 1912.

Dickson #296 in 7/20/1881

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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.