Category Archives: Mason Bogie

North & South of Georgia – 0-4-4T


Click picture for a larger image.Source – The Keith Christenson collection.

Name Number 2
Works No 508 Type 0-4-4T
Date 1871 Drivers 3’0″
Cylinders 10×15 Weight
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR




Known Facts: According to Abbott, this engine, was built in 1873 and delivered to the North & South Railroad of Georgia.  It is listed in the Abbott builders list as a 4-coupled locomotive but is clearly a 0-4-4T based on the photo.

While Abbott does not specify gauge, Hiltons, “American Narrow Gauge Railroads” lists the railroad as a narrow gauge line.  The railroad was merged into the Central of Georgia then the Norfolk Southern, no information is given as to the disposition of this locomotive.

But the engine never arrived.  According to “Narrow Gauge: The Story of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad”: – Robert Stanley, this engine had an accident while on its way to be delivered to the North & South of Georgia Railroad.  It fell through a trestle near Rome, Georgia. It was returned to the Mason Machine Works in Taunton, Massachusetts and rebuilt. After being rebuilt it was sold to the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad in 1875, and became this railroad’s Engine No.1 named the “Orion.” It was later sold the Nantucket Railroad in 1888 where it retained its designation as Engine No.1 but was renamed the “Sconset”. No information as to its final fate.

Speculation – Steve Conkle, who supplied the above information from the Stanley book indicates that this is probably the only Mason-Bogie that had two steam domes.  Steve, who has done extensive research into the BRB&L is likely to be right on this one as no photo has surfaced of another Mason Bogie with two steam domes.


New York & Manhattan Beach RR – C.L. Flint – 0-4-4T


Later sold by Mason to NY&MBRR and named C.L Flint.Source – “The Fairlie Locomotive” – Abbott p81Click picture for a larger image.


The Admiral Almy was purchased in 1877.Source – “American Narrow Gauge Railroads” – Hilton p129Click picture for a larger image.


This is the Brooklyn, another 0-4-4T with Walschaerts Valve gear.  Original builders photo from an 1877 Mason Bogey Narrow Gauge Catalog.  From the collection of Keith Christenson.  Click photo for a larger image or here for a digitally enhanced larger version.


The Peter Styvesant was purchased in 1878.

Name C.L. Flint
Admiral Almy
Peter Styvesant
Works No 571, 581 & 590 Type 0-4-4T
Date 1876, 1877 & 1878 Drivers 3’0″ & 3’6″
Cylinders 11×16 & 12×16 Weight
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR Long Island RR










Known Facts: According to Abbott, the C.L Flint was built in 1876 and used on the 3 foot gauge West End Passenger Railway of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.  It was sold in 1877 to the New York & Manhattan Beach RR  and renamed to the C.L. Flint.

The NY&MB RR also bought the Admiral Almy in 1877.

Peach Bottom Railroad 0-6-6T


This engine is listed in the Mason Builders list as a 6-coupled but is clearly a 0-6-6T Mason Bogie.  Later in life it served as No. 3 on the Ma and Pa.Photo from “The Ma & Pa”, George W. Hilton, p7.Click picture for a larger version.


This is a builder’s photo of the other side of the same engineClick picture for a larger version.  Photo from the Keith Christenson collection.

Name Number
Works No 561 Type 0-6-6T
Date 1875 Drivers 2’10”
Cylinders 12×16″ Weight 42,650
Gauge 3’0″
Later RR Ma & Pa

This engine was originally built for the Peach Bottom Railroad in Pennsylvania.  While the Abbot list indicates that it later became #3 on the Ma & Pa, Hilton’s Ma & Pa book disagrees indicating she was retired 1878, but her ultimate fate is not recorded.  Hilton states, “The Middle Division’s No 3 was a hard riding Mason Bogie which saw only two years of service … No 3, a standard Mason Bogie, was hard on track and derailed frequently.  It was retired on the arrival of Number 4 in 1878.”



Providence, Warren & Bristol RR 2-4-6T


This engine is the Providence, Warren & Bristol Pokanoket.This photo is from “Articulated Steam Locomotives of North America – Robert A. LeMassenaClick photo for a larger image.


Engraving from Graheme Hardy’s 1950 reprint of the 1886 “Recent Locomotives”.  Both the photo and the engraving have a number of significant differences from most other Mason Bogies including the cab, rear tender slope, domes, and lack of Walschaerts valve gear.Click engraving for a larger image.

Name Pokanoket Number 7
Works No 726 Type 2-4-6T
Date 1883 Drivers
Cylinders 16×24 Weight 61,800
Gauge 4’8 1/2″
Later RR

South Atlantic & Ohio – 2-6-6T


Photo from the Keith Christenson Collection.  Click photo for a larger image.

Name Number 3
Works No 749 Type 2-6-6T
Date 1887 Drivers 4’2″
Cylinders 15×22 Weight
Gauge 4’8 1/2″
Later RR Southern

Known Facts: This was one of the last five Mason Bogies built by the Mason Factory.


Utica, Ithaca & Elmira RR – Shoo Fly – 0-4-4T



The Shoo Fly – two nearly identical pictures from different sources, each with its own strengths.Click pictures for a larger image.The Shoo Fly – two nearly identical pictures from different sources, each with its own strengths.Click pictures for a larger image.

Name Shoo Fly Number
Works No 506 Type 0-4-4T
Date 1873 Drivers 2’9″
Cylinders 12×16 Weight
Gauge 4’8″
Later RR  Lehigh Valley




Mason Machine Works for Stock – Taunton 0-6-4T


Click picture for a larger image.Source – “The Fairlie Locomotive” – Abbott p81\

Name Taunton Number
Works No Unknown Type 0-6-4T
Date Drivers
Cylinders Weight
Later RR

Known Facts: According to Abbott, this engine was built for stock and never assigned to a works number.  It is unknown as to what line this engine was ultimately sold.

Speculation:  In at least one other situation, the Tomales, Mason took a builders photo of an engine that never received a builders number.  In the case of the Tomales, the North Pacific Coast never took delivery.  When the engine was later sold to the Galveston, Harrisburg, & San Antonio RR, it received a builders number and a new builders photo.  It is likely that the same happened with the Taunton.  Hopefully at some point we’ll discover what engine the Taunton became.


Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railroad – 0-6-6T


Click photo for a larger image.

Name Leviathan Number
Works No 547 Type 0-6-6T
Date 1875 Drivers 3’6″
Cylinders 17×24 Weight 73,920
Gauge 4’8 1/2″
Later RR Lehigh Valley


Research courtesy of Scot Lawrence (scottychaos from MLS).

The Leviathan was a 0-6-6T type Mason-Bogie Locomotive. Built by the Mason Locomotive works in Taunton, Massachusetts in 1875. She was owned by The Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railroad of New York State.

The Utica, Ithaca & Elmira railroad was completed from Cortland to Ithaca in 1872. Then to Elmira in 1875 (no mention of it ever making it to Utica!) then in 1884 the line became the Elmira, Cortland & Northern.. In 1896 the line was absorbed by the LV to become its Elmira and Cortland Branch..

It is not known if The Leviathan ever belonged to The Lehigh Valley, but it seems unlikely because the locomotive was apparently sent back to Mason after only one year on the UI&E.

The Leviathan was built with an unusual center gear that was intended to help Her climb up and down the VERY steep grade from Cornell University to downtown Ithaca. But the proposed line was never built, and so the Leviathan was sent back to the Mason works. There is no record of what happened to Her after that..(at least not known to me..)

For additional information on this engine, visit Scotty’s Web Site.