Old Ironsides

Archive ID177
DescriptionOld Ironsides
Record TypeGeneric
CollectionThe Joseph A. Smith Collection
CreatorAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Date Created
Reference #
SourceSmith, Joesph A.
Date AcquiredJune 28, 2006
Size14.5 x 9.0 cm
In ColorYes
Negative Exist
SubjectsAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Locomotive, Steam


6 LAFAYETTE The Lafayette, a 4-2-0 type built by William Norris at Philadelphia in the fall of 1837, was the first six-wheeler on the Baltimore & Ohio, which was then nine years old and owned only eleven four-wheeled locomotives. This locomotive was a high-stacked woodburner used to haul freight. Like other iron horses of that period, she had no Cab and the engineer stood on an open platform exposed to sun, rain. wind and snow. An old report shows that during the first six months of 1841 the Lafayette covered 10,400 miles, consumed 255 1/2 cords of wood in her firebox and cost $438.10 in repairs, of which $393.60 went for workmanship and only $44.50 for material. THE BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD COMPANY


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