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Old 10-09-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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A couple of old steam engines.

My mother in law found these 2 photos of engines that her dad worked on. Engine #185 has NY-NH written on the back and #1857 has NY-NH written on it. They have nothing else written which would help identify them.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #2
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Cool, those are some oldies!
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:29 PM   #3
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Neat photos Spence, thanks for sharing.

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Old 10-09-2019, 12:47 PM   #4
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I read number 1857, not 185.

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Old 10-09-2019, 12:59 PM   #5
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Engine #1857 in the top photo appears to date from the 1890's based on the general size of the engine and shape of the stack and domes. The tender is lettered NY NH&H for New York New Haven & Hartford, the corporate name of the New Haven RR. I located an online copy of The Steam Locomotives of the New Haven RR but the article did not discuss locomotives numbered in the 1800 series.

Based on the fluted domes and the stack flare, 0-6-0 #103 appears to date from the 1870's.

Old photos like these are great, and the fact that they relate to your wife's family history is very cool.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:02 PM   #6
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I tried to clean up the photo a bit.

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Old 10-09-2019, 02:26 PM   #7
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Yes, later 1800's, cool old pictures.

An interesting site I found, take a look if you want.

https://www.steamlocomotive.com/loco...SA&wheel=4-4-0

Click on the NYNHH section.

A lot of other info on that site, tons of it.
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I read number 1857, not 185.

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I think that 185 on the dome on top is for 1857, the 7 is not visible due to the curve of the dome. The other loco is 103 and that is also on the headlight.
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Apparently, not much is known about #1857. She had 63" drivers and 17" cylinders. As of the New Haven's 1904 accounting of locos, she was listed as one of a group of "inherited" 4-4-0 Americans, classified as D-7 through D-13, various builders. I did not see any specific mention of the loco beyond the tabular entry.

The New Haven never had a loco #103, but this one is visually similar to several old 0-6-0' acquired in NH takeovers of other railroads.

That would place both locos in the 1880-1890's vintage, but apparently, while the New Haven kept excellent records on their own acquisitions, they didn't have great info on ones they got through corporate takeovers.
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