After a while of research, I always end up with a collection of unique or odd locomotives that catch my eye. Here is a collection of locomotives, sometimes historic, that just ended up in that “odd” category.
Below is a replica of the B&O’s famous Tom Thumb, a 2-2-0 built in 1829. The Tom Thumb is recognized as the first American steam locomotive. Because the original was made simply as a test engine, not as revenue equipment, it was dismantled. But enough information was recorded that replicas could be built.
The Grasshopper style locomotive #2 was one of B&O’s early revenue locomotives – dated 1936. The Grasshopper style was developed in England in the 1790
This 6-2-0 oddity was built by Camden and Amboy in the early 1800s, ended up a failure.
Drifting up to Canada, the Samson was an early mining locomotive from 1838.
The Albion was a similar Canadian 0-6-0 locomotive.
This is the Cumberland Valley Railroad’s Pioneer, a 2-2-2 in the 1880s or 1890s. The Pioneer was built as a light passenger locomotive in 1851. The 2-2-2 arrangement was sometimes referred to as a Singles – though this term was often used for any loco that had only one pair of drivers.
Sister locomotive to the Pioneer was the Jenny Lind, a 2-2-4 also classified as a light passenger locomotive. The Jenny Lind was used as an inspection loco until scrapped in 1905.
The Boynton Bicycle Railway operated between 1892 and 1894 on Coney Island. This was a monorail system. The inventor, M. E. Boynton claimed this system could reach speeds over 100 mph. A car pulled by the locomotive was fitted to seat 108 passengers.
This is a steam chain-drive critter. The steam chain-drive class of locomotives were small, slow but relatively powerful work horses used for industrial purposes.
Here’s a chain-driven locomotive used in logging:
I tried to find info on this locomotive, but failed. It probably classifies as a critter. It has a large winch on the front end.
Another loco I couldn’t find much info on was the “Mr. Bignells inspection engine”. If my eyes tell me correctly, it’s CB&Q #367 – probably an old American outfitted for extended non-revenue service.
The Santa Fe experimented with mallet steam in the early part of the 20th century. In 1911, they had Baldwin build #3322, a 2-6-6-2, with a jointed boiler. It was one of four locomotives built with the jointed boiler design. The loco was retired in 1927.
SP’s 0-6-0 shop goat is at the Oakland Roundhouse, 1937.