Mason Bogie Resources


General Searches

My three favorite Web sites for doing research into out of print books are:

At all three sites you can do searches in key word, title, and author.  When running searches to narrow selections, if you use the word railroad, use both spellings (railroad and rail road).

Specific books and other resources. 

Comments related to the book immediately following the title are from a bookseller.  As I receive book reviews on these books, the reviews will be added and attributed to the reviewer.  We are not necessarily recommending these books merely because they are listed.  Rather, we are documenting where material on the Mason Bogie exists in print.  Comments from forum members may include recommendations and are an indication that the member has this book in his personal library.

American Narrow Gauge Railroads – George W. Hilton – A 580 page volume with information on every narrow gauge railroad that existed in America. Numerous photographs and maps. Map endpapers. A highly recommended reference.

Comments from Michael Anderson – In my copy, on page 127 Is the beginning of an article on Mason Bogies. There is a picture of a Mason style locomotive built by Alco-Manchester in 1902, for the ‘Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn’.(Ed Bond collection) On page 128 is an erection style drawing of a Mason Bogie anatomy. On page 129 is a picture of a 0-4-4 built for the New York & Manhatten Beach. Picture credit W.A.Lucas collection, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

On page 338 is a picture and info on a 0-4-4 for the Stockton & Ione.
The picture credit is from the Munson Paddock collection, Railroad museum of Pennsylvania.

Comments from Steve Conkle – There is also a small section on the “Fairlie” just prior to the Mason Bogie. Also, on page 338 where the picture of the Mason Bogie “Stockton” is if you look at the middle column there’s a short write up on the Stockton & Ione RR history.

Forgot to mention on pages 140 and 141 there are two tables listing how many engines Mason built between 1870 and 1890. There’s also an end note (i.e. No. 23) on page 166 that lists the location where the Mason Machine Works builders list is located.

Articulated Locomotives – Lionel Weiner –  This volume ranks as one of four landmark books on steam locomotives and the only one to deal comprehensively with the principles of articulation. 632 pages with photographs, charts, data, diagrams, and some foldouts.

A Locomotive Engineer’s Album – George B. Abdill – The saga of Steam Engines in America. Fifth in the Old Railroad Series by Locomotive Engineer George B. Abdill. ” 190 pages of pictorial history with text of steam locomotives.  Pictures and anecdotes by a working locomotive engineer on the Southern Pacific, Portland Division.

Comment from John Kolb – 

From page 84 of “A Locomotive Engineer’s Album” by George B. Abdill.  The caption reads:
Burlington & Lamoille RR owned the Mansfield, an 0-6-6T built by the Mason Machine Works of Taunton, Massachusetts. The engine is shown here at William Mason’s factory, ready for delivery; note the absence of a headlight, many roads preferring to apply their own favored type of lamp. In contrast with his 4-4-0 types, which had concealed counterbalances, this “bogie” has visible counterbalances in each of her drivers

American Steam Locomotive – Brian Solomon – An action-oriented look at the trains that once ruled America’s rails captures steam locomotives chugging past scenic mountains, plains, and small towns.

Comments from Tom Farin – p 34 contains a photo and statement about the William Mason, the first US locomotive with Walschaerts valve gear.  Page 36 and 37 contains a brief (four paragraph) discussion about William Mason.  Page 30 is devoted to the Mason Janus (including a photo) and a discussion of double sided steam locomotives.

Denver South Park & Pacific – M. C. Poor – The Story of real railroad men in the executive offices, in the shops, at the division points, in the locomotive cabs and out along the line. 493 pages of text, maps, rosters, photographs and several color illustrations. 

Pictorial Supplement to Denver South Park & Pacific – Kindig etc. Towbridge Press – Fine 4to, 416, Illus wraps. B&W photos, maps. Index. Numerous photos of narrow gauge RR serving western Colorado.

Encyclopedia of Western Railroad History. Vol III, Oregon , Washington – DONALD B. ROBERTSON – Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1995 Cloth.  Illustrated with b&w photographs, maps , drawings. A detailed history of railroading in Oregon and Washington. A trove of technical information.

Comments from Michael Anderson – pp204″ The A.A.Denney is indeed a 0-6-4 with 33″ drivers, builders no. 552; date built 8/85; 50,000 lbs, ex Stockton & Ione, scr 1895. Evidently it was purchased (rebuilt?) as a used locomotive. 

The Fairlie Locomotive – Rowland Abbott – The only detailed account of the Fairlie locomotive. Details all the locos built on a builder by builder basis. Also covers the related US Mason-Fairlie and French Pechot-Bourdon locos. 103pp, illustrated.

Comments from Tom Farin – This is the only book we know of that focuses on Fairlie locomotives exclusively.  Pages 80-91 are devoted to what the book terms as Mason-Fairlie locomotives.  It includes some historical information, 12 black and white photos of Mason locomotives (mostly builders photos) and a Mason roster covering locomotives produced between 1871 and 1889.  It also discusses locomotives built using Mason designs after 1890.  No production statistics are given on these engines.  I have a copy of this book in my library. 

John Norwood’s American Railroads – John Norwood – oversize trade pb 204 pgs, illus w/ photos, maps, epilogue, bibliography, index .

Comments from Michael Anderson – has a pictue of DSP&P #15 – Breckenridge on page 43.

The Long Island Rail Road in Early Photographs – Ron Ziel – This fascinating text-and-photo documentary details the economic and social upheaval following the inauguration of Long Island Rail Road’s service in 1844. 225 rare photos provide splendid views of early coaches, locomotives, snow-removal operations, stations, passengers, crew, and much more. Extensive  captions plus informative Introduction outlining the history and development of the Long Island Rail Road and its role as an agent of change.

The Ma & Pa, a History of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad – George W. Hilton – Affectionately known as the “Ma & Pa, ” the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad was one of the country’s longest running and best known “archaic” railroads, holding on to steam locomotion and other outmoded technologies well into the twentieth century. Connecting Baltimore and York, the line had everything needed to endear itself to local residents and rail enthusiasts: picturesque equipment, marvelous scenery, antique passenger trains, handsome small-scale locomotives, and enough curves — 476 — for a railroad many times longer than its 77 miles. All this made the Ma & Pa one of the most popular prototypes for model railroaders, George Hilton notes, and thousands of miniature versions of the line became part of model railroads throughout the world. This new paperback edition of Hilton’s classic history includes a new introduction and epilogue in which the author recalls the line’s final years of service. He also comments on the continuing interest of modelers, enthusiasts, and all who fondly remember the Ma & Pa.

Comments from John Kolb – a page from Hilton’s “Ma & Pa” book shows a picture from the Benjamin F. B. Kline Jr. collection of P.B.R.R’s #3.

Narrow Gauge: The Story of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad – Robert Stanley, Published by The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc., 1980 – contains a significant amount the Mason Bogies owned by this commuter line.

Narrow Gauge in the Rockies – Lucius Beebe & Charles Klegg – 224 pages. 250 photographs, equipment drawings for the model maker, three full color paintings by Howard Fogg, endpaper map by Frederic Shaw. This is the story of the three-foot cars and engines on which an entire generation of the Colorado Frontier rode. These narrow gauges were built  to get to mining camps and diggings normal railroads could not maneuver.

Narrow Gauge to the Redwoods – A. Bray Dickenson, George Graves, Ted Wurm & Al Graves – 168 pages – A copy of this book is in my personal collection.  it is the most extensive history of the North Pacific Coast Railroad in print.  It contains two photos of the Bully boy, and about six photos of the San Rafael, the two Mason bogies run by this railroad. 

The Northwestern Pacific Railroad – Fred A Stindt – 304 pages – A copy of this book is in my personal library.  This is an extensive history of the NPC with photos of almost all engines in its roster.  It also has a brief history of some of the lines absorbed by the NWP including a chapter on the North Pacific Coast.  The NPC was the only line that ran Mason Bogies in the NWP system.

Pacific Slope Railroads – George Abdill – NY: Bonanza Books, c1959 Superior Publishing Co. 182pp. illus. b/w photos.

Comments from Michael Anderson – I found a picture of the “Onward”, a 0-4-4 in George Abdill’s “Pacific Slope Railroads”. She was used on the American Fork RR in American Fork Canyon, out of Sultana, Utah. The caption says she was the first of her kind built by William Mason.

Redwood Railways – Gilbert H. Kneiss – 165 pages – This is a history of a number of railroads that opened up California’s redwood forests.  It contains a number of chapters on the North Pacific Coast, the only railroad in this area that operated Mason Bogies.

Steel Rails to the Sunrise-the Long Island Rail Road – Ron Ziel & George Foster – 4to; hc, 320pp; Appends, Profile of unusual RR whose operations included steamboat and ferry services. Noted for several “firsts” in railroading

Web Resources 

Internet resources on the Mason Bogie are limited to mostly photos.  Some of these links are to Web sites of organizations with extensive photo archives.

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