Re: Alberta Navigation and Coal/Great Falls and Canada Railway

John Stutz


I cannot help you much with non-Baldwin locomotives.

Much of Baldwin's records, but far from all, were saved by a single drawing office employee who picked through materials that were being thrown out. Most of what he saved ended up at the DeGolyer Library and is more or less accessible.  More so in recent decades as copies are put online.  Stanford University Library Special Collections has the Paint Style book, the Drawings Index, a Drawing Office Bible, the first 40 issues of the BLW Records of Recent Construction, and a few hundred drawings.  There may be other semi-public collections not known to me, but much of the narrow gauge material ended up in private hands, and may or may not survive. 

Regarding other North American builders, a number of their catalogues have been reproduced.  Porter has been well covered.  A set of 6 BLW catalogs, the combined 1889 and 1908 Porter catalogs, the 1897 Rogers catalog and the 1899 Brooks catalog are each available on CD from Vintage Literature Reproductions.  However their website is only marginally usable.  Look under transportation and machinery / railroad.  

Specialty Press of Ocean New Jersey has reproduced a number of BLW publications.  In 1969 Kratville Publications issued their "American Locomotive Company", a compilation of several ALCo publications of 1910-18.  Of particular interest are the 1910 Buenos Aires Expo and the 1918 Export Sales catalogues, with their emphasis on narrow gauge types and detailed descriptions of constructed examples.  The ALCo Historical Society should be able to help regarding the builders that grouped together to form ALCo.

Locomotives of the latter 19'th century were extensively covered by the technical press, often with excellent drawings provided by the builders.  These articles were periodically gathered by the publishers and reissued in bound volumes.  " Recent Locomotives - 1886", incorporating the ~50 locomotives of the 1883 edition and adding another 50 built since, Was reprinted by Glenwood in 1972.   The focus, o course, is on standard gauge engines but there are quite detailed drawings of 3' gauge  BLW and Brooks 4-4-0s, a Brooks 2-6-0, and a BLW 2-8-0.  It is notable that, while the Brooks engines used conventional between-frames fireboxes, the Baldwins have already advanced to over-frame fireboxes, with a low slab frame between the 4-4-0's drivers.  This allowed a 24 5/8" wide grate, compared to the Brooks' 18" width, a 37% increase, foreshadowing how NG firebox design would lead SG designs for a quarter century.  

For 1890's locomotives, search with "Modern Locomotives 1900" to find Google's online copy of " Modern Locomotives: Illustrations, Specifications and Details of Typical American and European Steam and Electric Locomotives".  Again the focus is on SG main line power, but there are quite a few exported NG locomotives.  Most examples are illustrated by a photograph and a standard list of about 50 dimensions, but there are many drawings, about a dozen NG.   On Demand Books claims to offer printed & bound versions of the Google scan for ~$20 (plus tax & shipping).  I have not yest seen a copy, but expect considerable reduction from the original page size.

John Stutz

On March 2, 2021 5:57 AM Nigel Phillips <nigelp18000@...> wrote:

Thanks John.

I am left  wondering where the other locomotives came from. One of the other associated Companies? The information below will help enormously. Book ordered. More research.

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