Steam Saturday: Some Historic 4-4-0s

The 4-4-0 American-type was probably the most common wheel arrangement steam locomotive in the 19th century.

Over 100 years after their builder date some of these locomotives were restored to operating condition some for a short time and others are still operating today.

All of the locomotives shown I was fortunate to see at a time they were able to be steamed. These locomotives were built in the 19th century.

In the first two images are Western & Atlantic’s General built 1855, and shown at Kennesaw, Georgia on June 30, 1989.

I actually saw it when it was displayed at Cleveland Union Terminal in 1962 when it was in restored operating condition. I was 6 and 1/2 years old.

Photos three and four feature Baltimore & Ohio’s William Mason, built 1856. It is shown in Baltimore at the B&O Museum on Sept. 18, 1999. It was restore and starred in the Wild Wild West remake.

In Photo five is Eureka & Palisade No. 4, Eureka, a narrow gauge locomotive built 1875. It is shown in Sacramento, California, on May 3, 1991.

It is scheduled to operate later this summer in August at the Cumbres & Toltec Victorian Locomotive Roundup.

Photos six, seven and eight are Virginia & Truckee No. 22 Inyo, built in 1875.

The first of this locomotive was made in Sacramento on May 3, 1991, while the other two images were made in May 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Finally there is Prairie Dog Central (City of Winnipeg Hydro) built initially for Canadian Pacific in 1882. It is shown in Winnipeg on July 7, 1996.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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