Tuesday, September 16, 2014
GN Steam Locomotive #553
Caption on photo reads:
First engine on the new Waterville R.R.
H. V. Francis Eng.
Hugh Andrews fireman.
June 27, 1910
No. 553 was a Class F-1 locomotive with a 2-8-0 wheel configuration. This engine was built in September 1896 by the Brooks Locomotive Works and placed into service by the Great Northern Railway as No. 487. GN later changed its number to 553 and then 899. This locomotive was used only for the construction of the Waterville Railway and never place into service. It was retired in Feb. 1930 and scrapped in 1932. This engine was never owned by the WRY Co. Information from the Great Northern Railway Historical Society Reference Sheet 108. Great Northern's Mansfield Branch and the Waterville Railway.
Photo from the Douglas County Empire Press