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Engine 4

Rahway Valley Railroad #4

Type: 2-6-0 Mogul
Builder: Dickson Manufacturing Company
Construction #: 45
Year Built: 1889
Drivers: 57"
Cylinders: 18" x 24"
Notes: Ex-DL&W Morris & Essex Division #92 (?)
Sold to Fitzhugh-Luther Company, 1903
Purchased 1904
Retired 1910/1911


Engine #4.
Collection of Thomas T. Taber, III.

#4 was originally owned by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. Constructed by the Dickson Manufacturing Company (C/N #45) in 1889, the locomotive saw use on the DL&W's Morris & Essex Division . Each of the DL&W's divisions had their own locomotive numbering systems. The locomotive that became #4 was originally #92 of the Morris & Essex Division.

The locomotive was refitted with a new boiler in 1895 and was subsequently sold to the railway equipment brokerage firm of Fitzhugh-Luther Company in 1903. The Rahway Valley Railroad purchased this locomotive in 1904.

According to various sources, #4 was not in the best shape mechanically. The locomotive is made mention of in an annual inspection of the railroad in 1908, "Recommendations - That before locomotive No. 4 is put in service again the boiler and stay bolts have an examination and such repairs made as are needed, that the boiler have a hydrostatic test, and that the flues be renewed."

#4 was retired in either 1910 or 1911 (Source: Frye ). 

#4 backing along the fill in Summit

Although this is not RVRR #4, it's a close match. This is Delaware & Eastern #3, also a Dickson built for the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. Collection of P.M. Goldstein.


  • Roster information provided by Allen Stanley of Railroad Data Exchange, courtesy of Michael Kaplonski.
  • Roster information provided by Patrick McKnight of the Steamtown National Historic Site, roster supplied by Harry Frye.
  • Research by Thomas T. Taber, III.  

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