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Engine 11

Rahway Valley Railroad #11

Type: 2-6-0 Mogul
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Construction #: 23934
Year Built: 03/1904
Drivers: 56.5"
Cylinders: 19" x 26"
Weight: 60 tons
Tractive Effort: 23,184 lbs.
Notes: Ex-Grafton & Upton RR #5
Sold to General Equipment Co.
Purchased 02/1920 for $12,092.57.
Retired 1933
Scrapped 1935


Engine #11 on the siding in the Kenilworth Yards. August 11, 1934.

In this view from August 17, 1934 we see a retired #11. With no bell cord and an empty tender, #11 is surely waiting out her last days. McCoy Collection.

#11 is seen in the engine shed with sister #13 in this November, 1933 view. Perhaps this time #11 was in the shop it was decided to retire her. Collection of Jeff Jargosch.
#11 started out as #5 of the Grafton and Upton Railroad (G&U) located in Massachusetts. The G&U ordered the locomotive from the Baldwin Locomotive Works which constructed the locomotive in March of 1904.

"This . . . Mogul served the G & U mostly at night in transfer service on that central Massachusetts road. The G&U an electrified interurban line with a busy passenger schedule during the day."  (Cite:

On March 14, 1914 this engine was damaged by fire at the Milford engine house of the G&U, "The Milford engine house was completely destroyed by fire on March 14, 1914. The No. 5 steam locomotive, which survived the fire, was entirely rebuilt by John F. Damon, owner of a Milford machine shop. It was at first believed that the locomotive would have to be shipped back to the factory where it had been built, but Damon took the job and finished the work in record time. After receiving a test and inspection, the engine made a trial run to Hopedale and back with everything working smoothly." (Cite:

After almost sixteen years on the G&U the locomotive was sold to a locomotive broker, General Equipment Company in February of 1920 which subsequently sold the locomotive to the Rahway Valley Railroad later that year (Source: Frye ).

Through most of the 1920's, #11 was the preferred locomotive on the Rahway Valley Railroad. When the Lehigh Valley Railroad contemplated purchasing the RVRR in the 1920's, a letter between the LV people made mention of the engine, "The equipment includes two engines, No. 8, a ten wheel switch, weighing about 140,000 lbs. and No. 11, an eight wheel, light passenger type, weighing about 98,000 lbs. At present No. 11 is doing all the work and No. 8 is in the shed in Kenilworth having broken a set of springs about the first of April" (Source: Letter to E.E. Loomis dated 9/27/1923).

With #13 and 14's arrival in June of 1928, #8 was subsequently scrapped and #11 was put on standby service. A photo from November, 1933 shows #11 sitting in the engine shed. According to a source, 1933 was the year #11 was officially retired from service (Source: Stanley). Perhaps this photo is from when the RVRR shop mechanic (probably Carl Nees ) deemed #11 completely worn out.

#11 languished around the Kenilworth Yards for a few more years before being scrapped in 1935 (Frye).


In this view we see #11 getting a nudge around the yard at Kenilworth from one of her slightly younger sisters. Collection of Jeff Jargosch.

#11 languishes in Kenilworth in this October, 1934 view.
Photo by George E. Votava, Dave Keller archive

Sources for Information on Rahway Valley Railroad #11

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