Great Grandfather and Locomotive ID Help

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#1
Greetings! We recently acquired several old family albums. This picture of my Great Grandfather and some other men with this locomotive is one of the pictures that was included.

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This picture was taken about 1906 or 1907, probably in New York City area. My Great Grandfather was a Machinist. We are guessing that he might have been on the crew that built or maintained this cool old machine.

Any and all help with the ID is appreciated!

All the best.
 
#2
Welcome to the forum.

Looks very much like a narrow gauge locomotive. Most standard gauge 2-8-0's would have drivers over 4 feet diameter. Those appear to be about 3 feet as is typical of narrow gauge.

The Denver & Rio grande (Western) had locomotives very similar, and numbered in the 200's.

Here's a couple of typical ones:

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/46533

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/46532

Headlights change, cabs could be wood or steel, 1 or 2 air pumps located in different locations, etc.


There is a tender in the left background that has large numbers on the side. That numbering style may be a clue about which RR it was.

Bruce
 



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