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Posted - 02/24/2020 :  9:19:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We were driving thru Troy, Alabama on the way from Michigan to the panhandle of Florida when I saw this engine on Static Display. It resides on the grounds of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. Unfortunately, the museum was closed, so I had to take my photos from a distance.

I thought that it might be helpful for detailing ideas on a wood burner from the 1880's. Here is what I could find out:

"The old logging locomotive was built in 1881 and given the (construction) number 5892 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works before the delivery to the Central Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia, later known as the Central of Georgia Railroad. The balloon stack of the locomotive (indicating that it burned wood for fuel) is of the Bradley and Hunter pattern. The engine bore the name “Madison” when it was owned by the Central of Georgia. The locomotive was later sold to the Empire Lumber Company of Andalusia (Alabama). The gauge was originally five feet but was modified to standard gauge. The designation of the engine is #14.

The W. T. Smith Lumber Company acquired the locomotive and other rolling stock when they purchased the Empire Lumber Company in 1912. The engine remained in operation for logging for fifteen more years, under the leadership of the McGowin family of Chapman, Alabama. After the sale of their forest lands, the locomotive was moved to the private lands of the McGowins. Earl. McGowin donated the old locomotive to the Pike Pioneer Museum in 1992, for permanent display. The 4-4-0 type of locomotive is almost extinct."

Pictures will follow in the next frame.

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Posted - 02/25/2020 :  12:26:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit spyder62's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great photos thanks for sharing

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Posted - 02/25/2020 :  06:48:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I believe I see Franklin Economy steam chests atop the cylinders, which would have been a WWI-era upgrade from the original slide valves.

Edited by - jbvb on 02/25/2020 06:53:30 AM

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Posted - 02/25/2020 :  07:33:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice! Check out the 'Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Alabama when you head back North to Atlanta, a lot of rolling stock to feast your eyes on.


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