An Unusual Geared Locomotive

One of the interesting things about running has been the continuing discovery of locomotives about which we knew nothing. This has happened over 1000 times since 2002 when the site began, and it gives me great pleasure to call your attention to the last existing product of a locomotive builder in New Zealand. G & D Davidson of Greymouth, New Zealand built bush and timber locomotives for enterprises on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, mostly out of second hand parts. They are said to have produced some weird and wonderful machines. Site contributor Robert Sweet of New Zealand provided the information, background and photo for a 3-truck geared locomotive built by G&D Davidson in 1920 for the logging company, Stratford & Blair. The locomotive is now displayed at Red Jacks in Ngahere, New Zealand.

Copyright © Robert Sweet

Copyright © Robert Sweet

You can view our page for this interesting machine at:

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Interesting Locomotives


Site Improvement

Since September of 2002 when the website first appeared on the internet, there’s been a little beige colored panel on the front page of the site that provided statistics about the contents of the website. And since September of 2002, the numbers displayed didn’t add up. Overnight I fixed that. Here’s what the little statistics panel looks like now.


Before today, the top line of the panel didn’t exist and the first line said Total Locomotives instead of Existing Locomotives. The problem with this, of course, was that if you added Locomotives with Photos and Locomotives Without Photos, you came up with a number larger than what we displayed as Total Locomotives. This was because we subtracted scrapped locomotives from the total. Changing a few definitions gave us a set of statistics that added up correctly. And hopefully is a bit more self explanatory.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Website


0-8-0 Vertical Boiler Crane Tank Restoration in Argentina

Western Railway 0-8-0VBCT Winch 529 is owned by Ferroclub Argentina and is currently undergoing restoration to operation at their facility in Tolosa, Argentina. This locomotive is new to our database and website and we’d like to thank Matias Chiodini for calling it to our attention. Our page for this locomotive is located here.


Copyright (C) Mattias Chiodini


Another Locomotive Added

Noerdlingen_Eisenbahnmuseum_1599The wreckage shown above is Royal Bavarian State Railways (Königlich Bayerische Staatsbahn) No. 1599 (Class G 3/4 H). The locomotive was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in Treuchtlingen, Germany on April 11, 1945 and the wreck is now displayed at the Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum Nördlingen, in Nördlingen, Bayern, Germany.

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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Two More New Locomotives (Courtesy of John Gould)

We’ve added two more locomotives to the database, both in Costa Rica, and both courtesy of site visitor John Gould. The first is an Alco (Dickson) 0-4-0T dating from 1904. It is shown below and more information is available here

Copyright © John Gould

The second locomotive, or the fractional remains thereof is a 2-foot gauge, H.K, Porter 0-4-0T, shown below:

Copyright © John Gould

More information about this little derelict can be seen here

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Interesting Locomotives


Another New Locomotive (Courtesy of John Gould)

John Gould provided us with information and a photo for Ferrocarril del Sur 2-8-2 No. 81, a 1940 Baldwin product (C/N 62444) displayed in a park in Golfito, Costa Rica. Many thanks to John!

Copyright © John Gould

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Interesting Locomotives


Erie 4-6-2 No. 2524 Does Not Exist (Korea)

The presence of Erie RR 4-6-2 No. 2524 in South Korea has long been rumored, and no matter how often the rumor gets debunked, it seems to keep cropping up. Hopefully, this will put a cork in it. Tim Moriarty spoke with  Director Son Gil-Shin of the Korean Railway Museum regarding this locomotive. Here’s what the Director had to say:

Director Son Gil-shin of the Korean Railroad Museum was asked specifically about this locomotive and he never heard of it being displayed anywhere in Korea at
any time, and it appears this Erie locomotive was possibly confused with
No. 244 above or it was a case of deliberate deception or hoax by someone
wishing to get Erie fans excited. Director Son also confirmed there are no surviving US-built steam locomotives anywhere in Korea.

Here’s an image of the locomotive from happier days:

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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized