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Brooklyn Navy Yard Railway - New York Naval Shipyard - Military Railroads of the New York Metropolitan Area

MILITARY RAILROADS
OF THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA:


BROOKLYN NAVY YARD /
N
EW YORK NAVAL SHIPYARD
Fort Greene & Williamsburg, Brooklyn

BNY NYNY

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updated:
TUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014 - 20:30

update summary

date

National Archive images added to Locomotives, Trackage 2/18/2014

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Overview & History

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   The Brooklyn Navy Yard, the popular and colloquial name for the New York Naval Shipyard, was organized in 1801 and is located north of the Manhattan Bridge and in Wallabout Channel at a bend in the East River and was a United States Government Military Installation (Department of the Navy / Department of Defense).

   A brief maritime history of this installation includes the construction of Robert Fulton's steam powered frigate "Fulton" (launched 1815), and the Brooklyn Navy Yard would go on to build several of the US Navy's most famous and recognizable warships, including but not limited to the:
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  • ACR-1 "Maine"  (sunk at Havana)
  • BB39  "Arizona"  (sunk at Pearl Harbor)
  • BB61  "Iowa"
  • BB63  "Missouri" (capitulation of Japan)

   There are many historical and contemporary publications that cover the in-depth history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and I leave it to those books to explain that history.

   As for rail traffic, the Brooklyn Navy Yard received ship building supplies and coal as well as general freight via carfloat. It would be responsible not only for the hull construction of a vessel, but all the interior spaces as well, which basically means anything that was required in the construction of those vessels, was brought in.


Trackage

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   The Brooklyn Navy Yard, was large enough to have constructed a roundhouse with a turntable. Paul Strubeck located the following photographs on the 'net.


August 31, 1916
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives

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August 18, 1936
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives

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   By 1916, the Navy Yard comprised over 255 acres, and would come to have over 30 miles of railroad track. It is unknown at this time if included in this figure is the aggregate total of both the 18 foot and 37 foot gauge trackage for the huge cranes that wound there way around the berths and drydocks, or just the standard gauge trackage.

   Trackage was upgraded and expanded throughout the years as needed, and many images exist of the track work in progress. Perhaps the greatest recordation of image was during the period prior to the United States' entrance into World War II.  


May 1, 1936 - Second Street west of Morris Street
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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May 11, 1936 - Morris Avenue between First & Second Streets
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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November 2, 1936 - Pier C
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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May 1, 1936 - Paulding Avenue
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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   In addition to this open air trackage, many building were equipped with indoor rail service:


December 5, 1933 - Rail service to building G4
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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May 1, 1915
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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   Tom Flagg, graciously allowed the use of the following images ascertained from his research.

   The first appears to be facility map from 1938. This map is significant as it shows the layout of the Navy Yard and trackage prior to the Navy Yards expansion into the Wallabout Terminal and the original location of the float bridge. Clicking on the map below will take you to a large scan. Please note: Use your back arrow to return you here.


1938
courtesy of T. Flagg
added 08 May 2009

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   This next image is a map of the New York Naval Shipyard dated 1961. Again, please click on the map for a large size graphic with the corresponding key for the building numbers.

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   This next image, is an excerpt from an inspection report and map performed on the the infrastructure within the Navy Yard. This map better shows the relationship of the Brooklyn Navy Yard float bridge to the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal float bridge, and the interim track connection installed to interchange between the two.

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   Again, click on the image for a large scale scan. Use the back arrow on your browser to return you here.


1940
courtesy of T. Flagg
added 08 May 2009

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   The following image shows the gate from inside the Navy Yard:


April 21, 1936 - Stringham Avenue (BNY) / Clinton Avenue (CoNY) Gate
for access to the Brooklyn Navy Yard as part of the City of New York City contract to
Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal for service to the Wallabout Market Terminal.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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May 18, 1937
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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   Speaking of the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal, the US Government would contract with the BEDT to transport carfloats to and from the Navy Yard property after 1940-41, however the Brooklyn Navy Yard would have their own switchers execute switching and car movements. Eventually, BEDT would also go on to take over rail operations within the Navy Yard in the mid 1960's (possibly 1966 when the Brooklyn Navy Yard was transferred from military control to civilian ownership).

   For more information on the BEDT's float bridge operation and contract with the City of New York, please click here:

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal - Wallabout Market Terminal  

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Float Bridges

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   The first float bridge installed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was a pontoon supported pony truss with overhead support gantry. The trestle at right, is for the direct dumping of loose excavation material (sand, stone, etc) into scows for removal.

   The following image, courtesy of Tom Flagg, shows the pontoon through plate girder float bridge as it appeared in 1916:


Brooklyn Navy Yard float bridge - 1916
National Archives
T. Flagg collection

added 07 May 2009

 

   The Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal would install a float bridge of their own to serve their Wallabout Market Terminal, but this float bridge was not located on but adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Clinton Avenue. For more information on this operation click here.

   The second Brooklyn Navy Yard floatbridge, would been installed circa 1941 upon the completion of the Wallabout Basin expansion. This type was an electrically powered overhead suspension "French Patent" / contained apron type seen below:


1977
T. Flagg photo
added 07 May 2009

   This float bridge was modified somewhat in 1983, when the overhead supported dual spans seen in the image above were replaced with a pontoon supported float bridge. Actually, there were two pontoon supported float bridges installed.

   The first pontoon supported float bridge was a through plate girder type, believed to have been floated over from the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's Hoboken, NJ facility. However, this float bridge developed an as yet undetermined conflict before being use, necessitating a replacement. It is understood, that the float bridge or pontoon was too wide to between the gantry foundations, but this is unconfirmed.

   The second pontoon supported float bridge, a pony truss would be installed instead, and the plate girder would be abandoned next to the bulkhead to the left. This pony truss float bridge was taken from the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal's North 9th Street location, following the closure of that facility in August 1983.
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   This float bridge was last used in 1995 by New York Cross Harbor RR for a subway car rebuilder that located to the Navy Yard.

  The pony truss float bridge remains in place at this location to this day, although the decking is mostly destroyed, and the pontoon is no longer buoyant.

   It should be noted that neither of the pontoon supported float bridge required overhead suspension, and therefore the cables were never attached, but the overhead gantry was left standing,

   Also, these pontoon supported float bridges were installed after the Brooklyn Navy Yard was
no longer under military control and relinquished to civilian ownership.

(looking west)
Live Search Maps
added 07 May 2009

(looking north)
Live Search Maps
added 07 May 2009

   John McCluskey took extensive images of the Brooklyn Navy Yard gantry and pony truss replacement spans, and they maybe seen here:

Structure 713 - Brooklyn Navy Yard photo album
by John McCluskey


Freight Cars

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   In referencing images from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we can see they fielded a modest roster of freight cars. So far thorugh images, we have been able to confirm the existence of:

Eight wheel 40'(?) box cars #118 and #116 (numbering in the 100 series)


April 2, 1919
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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Eight wheel 36'(?) flat cars road numbers #244 (numbering in the 200 series)


Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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Four wheel four cubic yard dump cars #388 & #378 (numbering in the 300 series)


Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives
added 11 March 2012

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   In October 2013, I received an email from Chip Marshall, who was kind enough to forward several images located in the National Archives, College Park, MD. One of which is Crane #21 lifting a deck gun in 1919!


Derrick # 21 - April 2, 1919
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014



Locomotives

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   The Brooklyn Navy Yard would come to own many steam locomotives throughout it's history of several different configurations, but unfortunately extremely few photos are known.

   Recently discovered in Lima Locomotive Company builder's records that this author has obtained, Brooklyn Navy Yard at one time; operated a 2 Truck, 25 Ton Shay. In addition to that Shay, the BNY would operate steam locomotives constructed by Vulcan, H. K. Porter and American Locomotive.

  As far as it is known only two of the Brooklyn  Navy Yard steam locomotives have survived: #7 and #12.

  #7 which after serving for the Navy Yard was employed by American Creosote as their #7 as well. This locomotive is currently under restoration at the Illinois Railroad Museum shops located in Union, Illinois.

  #12 which has been cosmetically restored, currently resides at the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in New York.

   The Brooklyn Navy Yard would dieselize their operations in 1940 through 1944, with the procurement of Vulcan, Atlas and Whitcomb locomotives during those years. The Atlas locomotives would be surplused in 1948, as would the Whitcombs, being shipped to the Naval Supply Depot in Bayonne, NJ; where they would be put up for sale. Several were purchased by private owners for industrial line use. The Vulcan locomotive which was jack shaft driven, would be used by Lionel  as a prototype for an O scale version of this locomotive!

   In 1968 through 1981, after the Brooklyn Navy Yard was released from military control; this location would be home to Seatrain Shipbuilding, (see that page on Seatrain Shipbuilding here), which operated General Electric 44 ton locomotives on a portion of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Trackage, and utilized the float bridge.

   As for the other locomotives listed, unless otherwise stated, their disposition in unknown at this time.


unidentified BNY loco and rolling stock - 1904
"BNY Railroad: BNY had its own railroad system for hauling heavy material around the yard.
Here one of the yard's trains is returning empty gunpowder canisters to a storehouse in 1904."

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unknown loco # - April 2, 1919
Working a carfloat at the original float bridge!
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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unknown loco # - April 2, 1919
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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June 27, 1917
Note steam locomotive with crew above bow of submarine on left edge of image
also the Pennsylvania RR Wallabout Station Pier on right side of image.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. archives

added 04 April 2009

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#7 - September 2004
both photos: Illinois RR Museum shops, Union, IL
courtesy of Donald Nute

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#10 - January 4, 1937
In enginehouse awaiting repair.
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#12 - unknown date
Life Magazine Digital Archives

11 March 2012

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#12 - current
photo courtesy of Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

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#13 - March 16, 1937
In enginehouse after overhaul.
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#14 - Fireless
SMU E. L. DeGolyer Library archives
author's collection

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#14 - April 2, 1935
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#15 - Vulcan Builders Photo
courtesy of Kent Hurley

added 11 March 2012

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#15 - December 28, 1938
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#15 - December 28, 1938
Note the casting on the front radiator (to right and below front marker lamp): CATERPILLAR!
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#15 - December 28, 1938
photo courtesy of National Archives
via C. Marshall

added 18 February 2014

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#16 - builders photo - 1940
authors collection

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#18 - unknown date - Brooklyn Navy Yard
unknown photographer
Kalmbach Publishing

added 18 January 2010

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date?

Note the flat car on left and Whitcomb locomotive on right edge.
Also image as published by Life digital archives was published reversed. Correct orientation shown here.
Life Magazine Digital Archives

11 March 2012

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   Upon the purchasing of photographs of Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal locomotives, I acquired a series of images taken by Alfred Jaeger. 

   For several years, I had been troubled over the identification and purpose of a centercab switcher of B-B wheel arrangement and siderods on BEDT property, which is barely visible in four pictures that I acquired from the A. Jaeger collection. These photos are dated February 19, 1961:

(photos enlarged and cropped to show loco in question)

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   After having placed this dilemma on the back burner for a while; I once again took out my high power loupe and tried to identify this engine again. This time I enlisted the assistance of my good friend and Brooklyn terminal railroads cohort, Paul Strubeck. We argued over builders, but eventually discovered it was a Whitcomb locomotive. One of the pictures was at just the right angle (third from left) to show the nose and the Whitcomb name on the front grill.

   Then inevitably, came more arguing: which model Whitcomb? With many thanks to North East Rails' Whitcomb pages, Paul and I determined this locomotive was either a 45DE27B or a 45DE28. After a little more debating, we finally settled on 45DE27B.

   Now for the next argument: who in the New York area would have had a Whitcomb loco? Was it an temporary Bush Terminal, New York Dock, or Bronx Terminal unit? A loaner or demonstrator? Or was it just passing through, being shipped from one place or another? (One thing was sure: it certainly was not a BEDT locomotive!) Then, after Paul Strubeck & I discussed it for about 15-20 minutes... It dawned on us... THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD.

   A check of my Whitcomb builders records, showed several Whitcomb Brooklyn Navy Yard entries for both 45DE27B and 45DE28 units.

   These locomotives was part of multiple orders from the US Navy for Whitcomb units, with other units going to Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the other units going to other Navy Yards & Facilities around the US.

   The Whitcomb Builders Records sent to me by Allen Stanley show the locomotives going to the Brooklyn Navy Yard as:

builder:

model:

built:

c/n:

USN #
(orig)

    USN #
(renumber)

prime mover:

Whitcomb.. 45DE28 October 1941 60097

20

65-00165 (2) Cummins 150hp diesels
45DE28 October 1941 60098

21

65-00166
45DE28 October 1941 60099

22

65-00167
45DE28A.. September 1942.. 60165.. 65-00170
45DE27B August 1943 60325 65-00169
45DE27B June 1944 60326 65-00220 or
65-00252

   Then in late 2009, I commenced on rescanning my collection to place larger images on this website. When I got to the one of Alfred Jaeger photos of #16, I realized that the USN Whitcomb locomotive was in one of the photos, and even showed the side of the cab with lettering! This is the right most photo above.

   But, upon finding the image and looking at the number, I now understand that the conclusion that Paul and I came to in regard to this locomotive being a 45DE27B could be wrong. Upon some scanning and enlarging on the cab seen in the last of the four photos above, yielded this result:

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   The four images above are at different magnification and resolutions, with the last two being the same except for contrast and notation.

   Now, I can definitely make out the USN 65-00. It appears that the bottom half of the 1 is missing, but by the spacing to the next digit, (a 6); it is in fact a 1, making the number 65-0016. The last number is where the question lies: To me it appears to be a 5 or possibly a 6, making the number 65-00165 or 65-00166.

   Either of these numbers make this locomotive a 45DE28. If that last number by chance is a 9, then it is a 45DE27B. Now, see that light square above the number? That is the original two digit number painted over. Since only the original order of 45DE28's received the two digit numbers 20, 21, 22; and subsequent locomotives received the 65-00xxx series seven digit numbers, 65-00169 (the 45DE27B) would not have had the original two digit number "painted over".

   Therefore, I now feel we are looking at either locomotive #20 / 65-00165 or #21 / 65-00166 which are 45DE28. You draw your own conclusion and decide.

   Now, most of us know; the BEDT carfloated to and for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The questions that now remains unanswered is; was this BNY Whitcomb at the Kent Avenue enginehouse for:

  • repair by the BEDT mechanical force; (doubtful, BNY would have it's own mechanics)
  • shipment out of New York area after being sold or transferred to another government installation; (possible)
  • shipment out of New York area after being sold to a private firm; (highly possible as the Navy was selling off their older locomotives)
  • shipment out of New York area for scrapping, (possible)
       or:
  • a test unit for BEDT for their upcoming dieselization? (doubtful)

   If any of you out there know the answer to these questions, please... shoot me an email!

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Brooklyn (New York) Navy Yard Locomotive Roster


builder

c/n
build
date

gauge
wheel
arrangement
wheel 
dia

cylinders

acquired
number / name
disposition

notes
ref
Rhode Island 861 6/1880 ? 2-4-2T 39" 11" x 16" used

sold 5/1898

ex-New York Elevated #276
wgt: 42,450 lbs.

[14]
[33]
Vulcan 187 8/1891 § 36" § 0-4-0T 36" 10" x 14" new "Hercules"   [8]
[33]
H. K. Porter 1958 1/1899 std. 0-4-0   9" x 14" new "Bee"     [3]
Baldwin 22726 8/1903 std.? 2-4-2T 42" 12" x 18"   #3 to Southern Iron & Equipment #1729, (broker) 
to T. F. Cary Co.; sold 6/7/1922 to Riverside Lmbr. #1, Beach, GA
(as 0-4-2T)
built new for Yard & Docks, NYNY  [2]
[33]
H. K. Porter 2942 10/1903 std. 0-4-0T   10" x
14"
new        
H. K. Porter 3368 1/1906 std. 0-4-0T   12" x
16"
new        
Davenport 499 9/1906 36" 0-4-0T   10" x 16" used   to United Engineering & Construction,
Lockport, NY
from Holbrook,
Cabot &
Rollins, PA;
used by private contractor in NYNY,
[5]
[33]
Vulcan 1416 11/1909 unk 0-4-0T 37" 14" x 20" new     wgt: 70,000 lbs. [8]
[33]
Lima 2214 11/1909 36" 24T 2t
Shay
26 1/2" 8" x 8" used     from Holbrook,
Cabot &
Rollins, PA

to Moon Lumber
Curtis, WV
[12]
Davenport 1014 4/1910 36" 0-4-0T   9" x 14" new   to Moran Towing
& Transport,
Brooklyn, NY
from Holbrook,
Cabot &
Rollins, PA
; used by private contractor in NYNY, 
[5]
[33]
ALCo 56439 2/1917 std. 0-4-0T   14" x 22" new #6   wgt: 152,000 lbs. [1]
Vulcan 2644 4/1917 unk 0-4-0T 37" 14" x 20 new #7 to: The Foundation Co., Racine, Quebec, 1/31/1942;
to: American Creosote Co. #7, Jackson, TN, 2//4/1942;
currently at Illinois RR Musuem since 1971, under restoration 
wgt: 78,000 lbs.
l: 27'
w: 9' 4"
h: 11' 4"
t.e.: 16,200 lbs.

BR&L list shows this as USN #2 Brooklyn Navy Yard
[8]
[7]
[36]
ALCo 55816 5/1917 std. 0-4-0T   12" x 18" new #8   wgt: 101,000 lbs. [1]
[33]
Vulcan 2677 8/1917 std. 0-4-0T 37" 14" x 20" new #9 to: T. F. Carey (broker)
to: The Foundation Co., Racine, Quebec
10/10/1941
BR&L records shows this as USN #1 Brooklyn Navy Yard [8]
[7]
[33]
ALCo 56974 8/1917 std. 0-4-0T 14" x 
22"
  #10   wgt: 152,000 lbs. [1]
[33]
ALCo 56994 12/1917 std. 0-4-0T   12" x 18"   #11   wgt: 101,000 lbs. [1]
[33]
Vulcan 2822 7/1918 36" 0-4-0T     new       [8]
Vulcan 2854 9/1918 std. 0-4-0ST 42" 15" x 24" new  #12 sold 5/1947 to Dexter & Northern #12, Dexter, NY;
sold to Abe Cooper, Watertown, NY;
to Bob Smith;
to Tioga Transportation Museum;
to
Rochester & Genesee Valley RR Museum, on display
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[a]
[8]}
[33]
Vulcan 2865 10/1918 std. 0-4-0T 42" 15" x 24" new #13 sold to Harrisburg Pipe & Bending, new VIW boiler 11/1940; sold 6/1942 to Hammond Coal, Girardville, PA wgt: 90,000 lbs. [8]
[33]
H. K. Porter 7208 4/1934 std. 0-4-0FG 41" 16" x 16" new #14 to Newport Chemical, #60, Oakdale, LA;
scrapped 1966
60T Fireless Gear
Timken Bearings
[3]
[33]
Vulcan 4249 12/1938 std. B     new #15 sold 4/1948 to Cacchette & Sons, Sunbury, ONT  spur gear drive
30T - 175 hp - D/M
wgt: 62,500 lbs.
[8]
[33]
Atlas 2182 8/1940 std. B-B     new #16 to USN SupDep
Bayonne, NJ 2/48;
to American Aggregate Corp, New Miami, OH
class E4625 
50T - 300 hp - D/E
wgt: 100,000 lbs.
[13]
Vulcan 4309 6/1941 std. 0-4-0T       #2025 New Hope Valley Rwy & NC Railroad Museum, New Hill, NC  listed in builders 
records as NY Shipbuilding (Camden, NJ), but used at USN Yard
, NY;
Carbon Limestone #17, Carbon, PA;
WV Northern RR #17;
[8]
[33]
H. K. Porter 7314 7/1941 std. B-B     new #18
#65-00466
sold 2/3/1959 to B. M. Weiss & Co. (dealer); to Equip Co .of America (dealer); to Union Carbine ca. 1971 via Long Island Equip.; to Elkem Metals; at Historic Harmar Bridge Co, OH 45T - 300 hp - D/E
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[3]
[37]
[33]
[b]
H. K. Porter 7315 7/1941 std. B-B     new #65-00163 transferred 7/7/1950 to Naval Reserve Shipyard, Kearny, NJ; moved back to Brooklyn unk date; sold 1/27/1960 to Equipment Co. of America, but stored in Bklyn. For sale ca. 1961-62. Trucks sold to Striegel Supply & Equip, Baltimore MD. remainder scrapped (another report states loco was sold for scrap 1/27/1960) 45T - 300 hp - D/E
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[3]
[33]
H. K. Porter 7316 7/1941 std. B-B     new #65-00164 sold ca. 1965 to Pittsburgh, Allegheny & McKees Rocks, #6, rebuilt & re#16; sold 11/25/1975 to Vulcan Detinning, Neville Island, PA 45T - 300 hp - D/E
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[3]
[37]
[33]

[b]
Atlas 2295 8/1941 std. B-B     new #28 to USN Supply Depot, Bayonne, NJ, 3/48;
to E. Kinney, Elizabeth, NJ; unknown date
to American Aggregate Corp, IN
, unknown date
class E6629
50T - 300 hp D/E
wgt: 100,000 lbs.
[13]
[33]
Whitcomb 60097 10/1941 std. B-B     new #20
#65-00165
sold unknown date to Heppenstall Steel Co., Pittsburgh, PA;
MCP Co., Pittsburgh, PA; Durabond Protective Coatings, Export, PA; Durabond Protective Coatings, Allentown, PA; Jersey Shore Steel, Avis, PA;
seen burnt out 12/69? 
45DE28
45T - 300hp
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[13]
[34]
[33]
Whitcomb 60098 10/1941 std. B-B     new #21
#65-00166
P.W. Duffy (dealer), Columbus, OH 45DE28
45T - 300hp
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[13]
Whitcomb 60099 10/1941 std. B-B     new #22
#65-00167
sold 4/1960? to Alter Scrap, Bridgeport, CT?; sold 4/60 to J. L. Case, Bettendorf, IA #802;
Burlington River Term; to Farmington & Western, Ft. Madison, IA
45DE28
45T - 300hp
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[13]
[34]
[33]
H. K. Porter 7383 6/1942 std. B-B     new #? to Bethlehem Steel 44T [3]
Whitcomb 60165 9/1942 std. B-B     new #65-00170 sold 1962, to Pittsburgh Allegany & McKees Rock #5;
scrapped ca. 1976
45DE28A
45T - 300hp
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[13]
[33]
Whitcomb 60219 3/1943 std. B-B     new #65-00168 built for Missouri Portland Cement, St. Louis MO; diverted at Whitcomb to BNY; transferred to N.A.S. @ Quonset Pt. RI and for sale there ca. 1/1968 50DE58A
50T - 300hp
wgt: 100,000 lbs.
[13]
[34]
[33]
Whitcomb 60325 8/1943 std. B-B     new #65-00169 transferred to Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA;  to US Army Ammo plant, Burlington, NJ; for sale on 8/1968;
to Guyon Pipe & Valve, Harrison, NJ; to Wolfsboro RR #67, Wolfboro, NH; to Brummer Car #67, Renovo, PA
45DE27B
45 T - 300hp
wgt: 90,000 lbs.
[13]
[34]
[33]
Whitcomb 60326 6/1944 std. B-B     new #65-00220 
or #65-00252
  45DE27B
50 T - ?hp
[34]
GE 15038 9/1942 std. B-B     new   sold late 1950's to Becker Sand & Gravel 44 T  

Locomotive Footnotes:

§ = The first Vulcan shown; c/n 187, has very little info recorded; however, locomotives preceding it and built after are 0-4-0T, and 36"gauge. I can only hazard a guess that the BNY locomotive was one in that that group of loco built to those specifications.    

¤ = these four locomotives have consecutive construction numbers: 6366, 6367, 6368, 6369;
and are identical sisters. C/n's 6368 and 6369 to BEDT #12 and #13 respectively. Disposition of c/n's 6366 and 6367 are unknown.

[b] = photos of these locomotives in their post US Navy liveries can be viewed at: NorthEast Rails Porter 25-45T Industrial Railroad Locomotives

[a] = Thanks to the R&GV RR Museum website, this is known about BNY #12:

built: 1918 Vulcan Loco Works, Wilkes Barre, PA
new boiler: 1931 Brooklyn Navy Yard
end of service (BNY): ca. 1947 went to Dexter & Northern RR
new flues: 1955 New York Central (contracted out)
ca. 1970 to Amusement Park, Owego, NY
1971 - 1991 to Tioga Transportation Museum, Flemingville, NY
1997 to Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

(dates courtesy of R&GV website)

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Brooklyn (New York) Navy Yard Railway Crane Roster


builder

c/n
model build
date

gauge
wheel
arrangement
capacity boom
power

acquired

disposition

notes
ref
Browning 1145 1913 std. 50 ton new [56]
Browning 1662 #8 1918 std. B-B 19 ton new [56]
Browning 1663 #8 1918 std. B-B 19 ton new [56]
Browning 1664 #8 1918 std. B-B 19 ton new [56]
Browning 1665 #8 1918 std. B-B 19 ton new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4032 F 6/16/1939 std. B-B 30 tons 70' gasoline new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4033 F 7/21/1939 std. B-B 30 tons 50'-70' new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4060 F 4/15/1941 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4061 F 4/30/1941 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new returned to Bucyrus and rebuilt
to Kasle Steel Compressing, Springfield, OH 6/5/1969
[56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4062 F 5/9/1941 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new to Mayer Pollock, Pottstown, PA; 1953 [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4155 F 4/21/1942 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4156 F 5/12/1942 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Equipment Corp. of America; Aldan, PA;
Tidewater Equipment Co. Chesapeake, VA; 1965
[56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4157 F 6/30/1942 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Mayer Pollock, Pottstown, PA [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4235 F 7/19/1942 std. B-B 30 tons 50'-65' +5' diesel new [56]
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4236 F 7/31/1942 std. B-B 30 tons 50'-65' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4248 F 2/12/1943 std B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4249 F 2/26/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Clark Brothers. Olean, NY; 1960
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4250 F 3/6/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Franklin Smelting & Refining Co; Philadelphia, PA; 1964
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4251 F 2/27/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Mayer Pollock, Pottstown, PA
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4252 F 3/9/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4253 F 3/12/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4261 F 3/16/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4262 F 3/17/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4263 F 3/19/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 75' +5' diesel new Mayer Pollock, Pottstown, PA
Ohio Locomotive Crane 4305 F 6/15/1943 std. B-B 30 tons 50'-70' +5 diesel new

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn, NY

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Manhattan, NY

Fort Wood / Bedloes Island
Manhattan, NY

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Bronx, NY

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Queens, NY

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Staten Island, NY

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Plum Island, NY

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Sandy Hook, NJ


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