Manchester Locomotive Works

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The plant in 1912.

Manchester Locomotive Works was a manufacturing company located in Manchester, New Hampshire, that built steam locomotives and fire engines in the 19th century. The first locomotive the company built was for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in March 1855.[1]

Manchester purchased the locomotive manufacturing operation from the Amoskeag Locomotive Works in 1859. It acquired the steam fire engine business from Amoskeag Locomotive in 1876.[2]

In 1901, Manchester and seven other locomotive manufacturing firms merged to form American Locomotive Company (ALCO). Locomotive production ceased in 1913.

Preserved Manchester locomotives[edit]

The following locomotives (listed in serial number order) built by Manchester before the ALCO merger have been preserved.[3] All locations are in the United States unless otherwise noted.

Serial number Wheel arrangement
(Whyte notation)
Build date Operational owner(s) Disposition
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1875 Mount Washington Cog Railway #2 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1878 Mount Washington Cog Railway #6 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1883 Mount Washington Cog Railway #1 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1883 Mount Washington Cog Railway #3 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1883 Mount Washington Cog Railway #4 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
unknown 0-2-2-0 (cog) 1892 Mount Washington Cog Railway #8 Mount Washington Cog Railway, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
1546 4-4-0 July 1892 Boston and Maine Railroad #494 Central Vermont station, White River Junction, Vermont
unknown 0-4-0 ca. 1870's Edison Cement Corporation #unknown Purchased by Henry Ford in 1932 and rebuilt as a 4-4-0, currently operating at Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan[4]
1882 advertisement for the Manchester Locomotive Works

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Edson, William D.; Corley, Raymond F. (Autumn 1982). "Locomotives of the Grand Trunk Railway". Railroad History (Boston, Mass.: The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc.) (147): p.49. ISSN 0090-7847. 
  2. ^ The Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. of Manchester, New Hampshire: A History. Manchester, NH: Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. 1915. pp. 77–80. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Steam Locomotive Information". steamlocomotive.info. Sunshine Software. Retrieved 2005-10-04. 
  4. ^ LaCombe, Don. "Greenfield Village Perimeter Railroad: from concept to reality". The Henry Ford Blog. Retrieved 8 September 2013.