Category Archives: Mason Bogie

Denver, South Park & Pacific RR – 2-6-6T

There were 4 different classes of Mason Bogie on the South Park:

Class 1 – Very Light 2-6-6T – #5, bought second hand from the Kansas Central, converted from 0-6-6T to 2-6-6T.  South Park only owned one of this class.  34″ drivers, Engine weight 42,000 lbs on drivers. 12×16 cylinders…no class No.

Class 2 – Light 2-6-6T – built with wagon top boilers, South Park Owned 10 of this type. #3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Classed ‘DH-1′, by the UP owners (Union Pacific owned the South Park for some years), as their feeble attempt to by-pass the Jay Gould ‘Tri-partide’ agreement, that stated the Sante Fe would not build north into Colorado, the UP wouldn’t build south into Colorado, and the DSP&P & D&RG wouldn’t leave Colorado!). 37″ drivers, 43,850 lbs on drivers. 13×16 cylinders.  This is the model we’re building in the Masterclass.

Class 3 – Heavy 2-6-6T – built with straight boilers.  South Park owned 8 of this type, #14, #15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.  Classed ‘DI-1′ by the UP owners, 37″ drivers 45,000 lbs on drivers, 14×16 cylinders.

Class 4…2-8-6T – South Park owned 4 of these monsters, #25 ‘Alpine’, #26 ‘Rico’, #27 ‘Roaring Fork’ and #28 ‘Denver’..you already have the only known builder’s photo of this loco. 36″ drivers, 55,340 lbs on drivers, 15×20 cylinders, classed ‘EJ-1′ by UP owners.  these engines are displayed on a separate page.

Class 1 Photos and Information – 2-6-6T Very Light

We have no photos of this class.

Class 2 Photos and Information – 2-6-6T Light

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Number 3, later renumbered to Number 40 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image of top photo.

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Number 4, later renumbered to Number 41 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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This is a scan of the original builders photo of No 4, digitally enhanced with Photoshop.  Click picture for a larger version of the original sepia photo.  Click here for a digitally enhanced large version.  Photo from the collection of Keith Christenson.

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Number 6, later renumbered to Number 42 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Still another shot of Number 42.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Number 7, later renumbered to Number 43 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Number 8, later renumbered to Number 44 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Number 10, later renumbered to Number 45 in 1885.

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Number 11, later renumbered to Number 46 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Another shot of No 11, this from the opposite side.

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Number 12, the Como, later renumbered to Number 47.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Number 13, later renumbered to Number 48 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

Name Various Number 3,4,6,7,8,10,11,13
Works No Various Type 2-6-6T
Date 1878-1880 Drivers 3’1″
Cylinders 13×16, 14×16 Weight 43,850 & 45,000
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR Union Pacific/Chicago Burlington & Quincy

Mason #4 – Builder’s photo of the 2nd Mason to be delivered to the South Park, she is a ‘light’ 2-6-6T , with wagon top boiler, same type as being modeled in MC2002.  Built DSP&P #4, ‘San Juan’ in 11/1878, Mason’s 597th loco, renumbered #41 in 1885 when the South Park renumbered the fleet, scrapped in 1889.

Mason #6 – in service shots in the late 1880s, Built as DSP&P #6 ‘Ten Mile’  in 4/1879, Mason’s #599, 4th Mason Bogie to be delivered to the DSP&P, is again a ‘Light’ type 2-6-6T.  Renumbered #42 in 1885, and retained number into the Denver Leadville and Gunnison era.  Scrapped in 1890.

Mason #7 – Photo taken in the late 1880s..in the ‘final version’ appearance as used by the South Park.  She was built 4/1879, as Mason’s 600th loco, named ‘Gunnison’, Originally numbered DSP&P #7, then re-numbered #43 in 1885, under the new DSP&P numbering scheme. She retained the #43 into the Denver Leadville and Gunnison RR era, until scrapped in 1890.

Mason #8 – Photographed Union Station, Denver in 1887, Built DSP&P #8 ‘Lake City’ in 5/1879, as Mason’s #601, South Park’s 6th Mason Bogie.  Renumbered #44 in 1885, and retained in the DL&G era.  Scrapped in 1889.  Again a ‘light’ 2-6-6T.

Mason #11 –  Photographed late 1880s in service.  Built as DSP&P # 11, ‘Ouray’ in 8/1878, Mason’s #608.  Renumbered #46 in 1885, and retained in the DL&G era.  Scrapped in 1890. ‘Light’ 2-6-6T.

Mason #13 – Early 1880s in service photo.  Built for the DSP&P as #13, ‘Ruby’ in 9/1879, as Mason’s #610, renumbered #48 in 1885, and retained in the DL&G era, scrapped in 1890.

Class 3 Photos and Information – 2-6-6T Heavy

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Number 15, later renumbered to Number 51 in 1885.Source – “The Fairlie Locomotive” – Abbott p83.  Click photo for a larger image.

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A wood engraving of the same engine.Click photo for a larger image (very large image).

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Number 22, later renumbered to Number 55 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Number 24, later renumbered to Number 57 in 1885.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Another shot of Number 57 after name change to Denver, Leadville, & Gunnilson — photographed at Garfield Quarry in 1892.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 457.  Click photo for a larger image.

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1939 photo of #57, the last surviving 2-6-6T, taken in Aimes, IA.  Click photo for a larger image.

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Another photo of 57 in Aimes, IA.  From the Ken Martin collection.  Click photo for a larger image.

Name Various Number 15,22,24
Works No Various Type 2-6-6T
Date 1879-1880 Drivers 3’1″
Cylinders 13×16 Weight 43,850
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR Union Pacific/Chicago Burlington & Quincy

Mason #15 – Builder’s Photo of the famous ‘Breckenridge’,  Built in 10/1879, Mason’s #612, renumbered #51 in 1885, and retained in the DL&G era, The South Park’s 2nd of the heavy class 2-6-6T (with straight boiler)…simply listed as ‘gone’ by 1894.

Mason #22 – Built as DSP&P #22 ‘Crested Butte’ in 12/1879, Mason’s #616.  Renumbered #55 in 1885, and retained in the DL&G era.  Sold by 1894.  This is a ‘heavy’ type 2-6-6T.  This is the loco that David Fletcher based his ‘Crested Butte’ 2-6-6T on 4 years ago in 1:24 scale.

Mason #24 – the Famous #57 … last of the 2-6-6T to be bought by the South Park,  Built as #24 ‘ Buena Vista’ in 2/1880, Mason’s #618, renumbered #57 in 1885, retained in the DL&G, and still in service when the C&S was formed in 1899.  Numbered C&S #1, sold late 1899, or early 1900 to a lumber Co in Wisconsin, later offered for scrap in Iowa and donated to Ames campus, University of Iowa, Engineering school, scrapped in WWII drive in 1942.  She was the last South Park Mason and could have been something very special had it been kept.  This was the last of the ‘heavy’ type 2-6-6T.  The 4 Mason Bogies that followed were all 2-8-6Ts.

Mason References

Books

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).  Most of the books listed later in this section can be purchased from these online resources, often at very attractive prices.  I’ve ordered from all three and have been happy with their service.

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.

Articulated Steam Locomotives of North America – Robert A. LeMassena – 15-20 photos of Mason Bogies along with historical information.

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.

Mason Bogie Resources

Books

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.

South Park Masons 2

 

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We are blessed with such a wide variety of action shots of South Park Masons that we had to add a second page.  This is a painting called “Night Train to Gunnison” by Philip Ronfor showing Engine 58, the Twin Lakes, and Engine 53, the Silverton.  The image is from “Denver, South Park & Pacific”, by Mac Poor page 223.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Denver, Leadville, & Gunnilson Number 57 (Formerly DSP&P Number 57) photographed at Garfield Quarry in 1892.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 457.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason bogie Number 44, Lake City, at Denver depot between 1885 and 1889.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 461.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason bogie Number 42 pulling waycar West of Webster Station.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 149.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason Bogie pulling consist in Box Canyon below Dead Man’s Curve.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 475.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason bogie Number 55, the Crested Butte, pulling a passenger consist for the Montana Union Railway in 1886.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific Pictorial Supplement, Mac Poor page 346.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason bogie Number 12, the Como, leading a double head with a Baldwin 2-8-0 in Platte Canyon in the early 1880s.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific Pictorial Supplement, Mac Poor page 7.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason bogie Number 10 pauses for water with a mixed consist at the Baker water tank.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific Pictorial Supplement, Mac Poor page 38.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason Bogie Number 22, the Crested Butte on a high steel bridge over the Arkansas River in the 1880s.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific Pictorial Supplement, Mac Poor page 40.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Two damaged Mason Bogies, the Oro City and Alpine, after a collision in the 1880s.Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific Pictorial Supplement, Mac Poor page 326.  Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

Masons in Action

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This section of the Web site will show Mason Bogies in action shots.  It is divided into sections.

Wondering about the shot at the topic of this page?  What you’re looking at is three Mason Bogies ready for action on the Hecla & Torch Lake Railroad, serving the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company in Michigan.

 

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There are more photos of DSP&P Mason Bogies than any other line.  That’s not surprising given that the South Park had one of the largest stables of these engines.

In addition to the photos shown on these South Park pages, you may also want to visit the Ted Kierscey Collection at the Narrow Gauge circle Web site.

Here are just some of the South Park Mason photos.

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A meet on the South Park.  That’s Mason Bogie number 42 on the left.Click image for a larger photo.

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Mason Bogie Number 46 at Pine Grove, Colorado in the late 1880s.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 149.Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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The Ruby, Mason Bogie Number 48 hauling a mixed train at London Junction in 1886.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 272.Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Engine Number 3, the Oro City, the first South Park Mason Bogie, hauling a mixed train near St. Elmo around 1883.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 204.Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

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Mason Bogie Number 6, the Tenmile, in 1885 at the West portal of Alpine Tunnel.  Photo from Denver, South Park & Pacific, Mac Poor page 216.Click picture for a larger image and more complete description.

Other Mason Bogies In Action

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The pride of the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, Number 1, the A.A. Denny drags a consist of picnic cars into the tall timber.  Click the image for a larger image and more complete description.

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FC Central De Mexico’s 2-6-6 Mason Bogie negotiates a curve south of the border.  These engines approached 100,00 pounds.  I’m not sure I’d be standing on the edge of the ledge when one of these thundered by.  Click the image for a larger photo.

Ulin’s 2 1/2 Inch Mason Bogie

Here’s a spectacular example of a Mason Bogey model.  Rich Ulin modeled from Wallace’s plans.  this is very highly detailed live steam locomotive.  I can’t speak to it’s accuracy, but the detail work is superb.

Rich runs Ulin Locomotive Works in Broomfeld, Colorado.  Here’s a link to his home page.

http://www.et-wnc.com/ulinx.html

Photos were supplied by Andrew Bernat, who obtained them from the owner.

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A Mason Bogie you can ride in your back yard.Click any image in this series for a larger version.

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This engine is about 1/5 the size of the original.

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Look at that bell casting!!!

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Headlight and stack.  Look at the detail on top of the cylinders.

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These are the drivers.

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Cylinder and valve detail.

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And the rear truck.

Denver, South Park & Pacific – Denver – 2-8-6T

Class 4…2-8-6T – South Park owned 4 of these monsters, #25 ‘Alpine’, #26 ‘Rico’, #27 ‘Roaring Fork’ and #28 ‘Denver’.  36″ drivers, 55,340 lbs on drivers, 15×20 cylinders, classed ‘EJ-1′ by UP owners.

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DSS&P No 25, the Alpine, after a wreck in the late 1880s.Click picture for a larger image.

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DSP&P No 28, the Denver, built in 1880.Source – “The Fairlie Locomotive” – Abbott p84Click picture for a larger image.

Name Denver Number 28
Works No 632 Type 2-8-6T
Date 1880 Drivers 3’0″
Cylinders 15×20 Weight 53,340
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR Chicago, Burlington & Quincy

The ultimate development of the Mason Fairlie was the Denver with its 2-8-6T wheel arrangement built for a 3 foot gauge track.

New York and Manhattan Beach Railroad 2-4-6T

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Graves End – Source – “The Fairlie Locomotive” -Abbott p83
Name Graves End Number
Works No 651 Type 2-4-6T
Date 1881 Drivers 4’0″
Cylinders 14×18 Weight
Gauge 3’0″ – Regauged to 4’8 1/2″ by LIRR
Later RR Long Island Railroad

Known Facts:  Information from The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railways – Edited by Robert Tufnell (revised and updated by John Westwood) (c) 2000 on pg 384

2-4-6 New York and Manhattan Beach Railroad Graves End (Fairie Type)/1881/USA

The three of the 2-4-6 type delivered to the New York and Manhattan Beach were fitted with cylinders measuring 14in.x18in. (356mmx457mm) and with 48in. (1219mm) diameter driving wheels. The steam pressure was probably 160psi(1104kPa), which, on their total weight of 42,997lb(19.5 tons), would have been a tractive force of 10,000lb (4,536kg). Like many of the Mason Fairlies, these were for operation on a 3ft (914mm) gauge line. They were later sold to the Long Island Railroad.

According to Abbott, the NY & Manhattan Beach RR operated 17 Mason-Fairlies.