Schenectady Locomotive Works

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Schenectady Locomotive Works
FounderNorris Brothers
SuccessorAmerican Locomotive Company
Footnotes / references
built the famous Jupiter

The Schenectady Locomotive Works built railroad locomotives from its founding in 1848 through its merger into American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in 1901.[1]

After the 1901 merger, ALCO made the Schenectady plant its headquarters in Schenectady, New York.

One of the better-known locomotives to come out of the Schenectady shops was Central Pacific Railroad type 4-4-0 No. 60, the Jupiter (built in September 1868), one of two steam locomotives to take part in the "Golden Spike Ceremony" to celebrate the completion of the First transcontinental railroad. Although the original was scrapped in 1909, a full-scale, operating replica was completed in 1979, and now is part of an operational display at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Preserved Schenectady locomotives[edit]

Following is a list (in serial number order) of preserved Schenectady locomotives built before the ALCO merger.[2] All locations are in the United States unless otherwise noted.

(Whyte notation)
Build date Operational owner(s) Disposition
2409 0-6-0 October 1887 Outer Harbor Terminal Railway #2 Los Angeles County Fairplex, Pomona, California
3114 2-8-0 1890 Southern Railway #154 Gulf and Ohio Railways, Knoxville, Tennessee - She is operational.
4552 4-6-0 June 1897 Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad #15 Abandoned in the Maine North Woods following Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad service.
4807 4-8-0 October 1898 Southern Pacific Railroad #2914 Kern County Museum, Bakersfield, California
5007 4-6-0 March 1899 Rio Grande Southern Railroad #20 Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado - Recently restored to operation on July 2, 2020.
5103 2-6-0 1899 Acadia Coal Company #42 Museum of Industry, Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Canada
5129 2-8-0 September 1899 Northern Pacific Railway #25 Civic Center, Butte, Montana
5613 4-4-2 June 1900 Chicago and North Western Railway #1015 National Museum of Transport, Kirkwood, Missouri
5680 2-6-0 November 1900 Southern Pacific Railroad #1629 Newhall, California
5683 2-6-0 November 1900 Southern Pacific Railroad #1673 Southern Pacific Depot, Tucson, Arizona


See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1904). "The American Locomotive Company: Schenectady Works". Schenectady Electrical Handbook. Schenectady, New York: General Electric Press. pp. 67–72.
  2. ^ Sunshine Software. "Steam Locomotive Information." Retrieved October 30, 2005.

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