Ligonier Valley Rail Road Motive Power
The attached roster of Ligonier Valley Rail Road motive power is as accurate and complete as available information and due diligence will allow. This means that it is both incomplete and possibly inaccurate in some respects. There is a tendency for erroneous information to self perpetuate; a source continues to be quoted and re-quoted with an assumption of accuracy. In the preparation of this roster, the author made the attempt to assume little and to seek verification for everything when possible. This roster has discounted and eliminated many "facts" as shown in previously published rosters based on the availability of (more) reliable sources.
Official records were used in the preparation of the roster whenever possible. Such records were available concerning the former PRR engines and the Baldwin locomotives purchased new by the LVRR. Since official records are not available for many of the locomotives, secondary sources were used when necessary. These sources, being less precise and less accurate, cannot be relied upon to the same extent as primary sources. Instead of reporting a known fact, one must rely on interpretation and "informed" speculation.
I invite and encourage comments, additions and corrections; particularly those accompanied with verified sources. JRA 11-2010
|1||12T||Unknown||Small, narrow gauge, 12 tons. Purch. Cost $3,500 (References: A,B,E,H,K,M)||ca 09-1877||12-1882||N|
|2||13T||Unknown||Small, narrow gauge, 13 tons. Purch. Cost $3,500 (References: A,B,E,H,K,M)||1878||12-1882||N|
|3?||0-2-4||Grice & Long||Narrow gauge. Builder's# 17, Build Date:1864. Purchased from the Pittsburgh, Oakland and East Liberty Passenger Railway Company. Purch. Cost $5,700 (References: B,F,I,L)||1881||03-1883||Yes|
|4||4-4-0||20 ton second hand. Purch. Cost $2,900 (References: G,K)||1882||ca 1889||Yes|
|5||4-4-0||10 ton second hand. (References: K)||1882/1883||ca 1889||N|
|6||2-6-0||Baldwin||Named the "Idlewild". Builder's# 9222, Build Date:05-xx-1888. Purchased New. (References: A,D,H,J)||1888||1911-1913||Yes|
|7||4-6-0||Baldwin||Named the "R.B. Mellon". Involved in July 5, 1912 wreck. May not have been restored to service. Builder's# 10045, Build Date:06-xx-1889. Purchased New.(References: A,D,H)||1889||1912-1913||Yes|
|8||4-4-0||Altoona||Named the "Ligonier". Builder's# 37, Build Date:09-xx-1869. Purchased from PRR, No. 0172, Class C. Purch. Cost $1,500 (References: B,C,H,K,O)||11/08/1893||ca 1911||Yes|
|9||2-8-0||Altoona||Named the "Latrobe". Builder's# 1392, Build Date:04-27-1889. Purchased from PRR, No. 01760, Class H3. Purch. cost $4,250 (References: C,G,H)||12/17/1905||1912-1913||Yes|
|10(1)||4-4-0||Altoona||Builder's# 811, Build Date:06-29-1883. Purchased from PRR, No. 01048, Class D8a. (References: C,H)||05/10/1906||1910||Yes|
|10(2)||4-4-0||Altoona||Engine of passenger train involved in wreck of July, 5 1912. Slightly damaged. Builder's# 1323, Build Date:09-25-1888. Purchased from PRR, No. 1246, Class D11. (References: C,M)||02/02/1910||1917-1918||Yes|
|11||2-8-0||No information other than road number in Taber roster. Ligonier Echo stated engine arrived 02/13/1907, large 4 wheeler type, to replace #6, "Idlewild". (References: A,B,H,N,O)||02/13/1907||1914-1915||N|
|12||2-8-0||Baldwin||Photo in Taber dated 1946. Rebuilt in 1921 per Myers. Builder's# 33352, Build Date:04-xx-1909. Purchased New. (References: A,D,H,J)||04/30/1909||1949||Yes|
|13||No photographs or other information known to exist. This number possibly left vacant.|
|14||2-8-0||Altoona||Involved in 07/05/1912 wreck. May not have been restored to service. Builder's# 1338, Build Date:11-21-1888. Purchased from PRR, No. 0696, Class H3. Purch. cost $2,700 (References: C,H)||02/16/1912||1916-1917||Yes|
|15||2-8-0||Baldwin||Builder's# 38185, Build Date:08-xx-1912. Purchased New. Purch. cost $15,000 (References: A,D,H,J)||09/xx/1912||1949||Yes|
|16||2-8-0||Baldwin||Sold on March 21, 1933 to Artemus-Jjellico, Artemus, KY as their #16. Builder's# 40944, Build Date:11-xx-1913. Purchased New. Purch. Cost $15,786 (References: A,D,H,J)||12/03/1913||1930||N|
|17||4-4-0||Baldwin||Builder's# 41306, Build Date:04-xx-1914. Purchased New. (References: A,D,H,J)||1914||1932||Yes|
|18||2-8-0||Baldwin||Builder's# 42630, Build Date:11-xx-1915. Purchased New. Purch. Cost $15,600 (References: A,D,H,J)||11-xx-1915||1949||Yes|
|19||2-8-0||Baldwin||Builder's# 43284, Build Date:05-xx-1916. Purchased New. Purch. cost $17,150 (References: A,D,H,J)||05-xx-1916||1949||Yes|
|594||2-8-0||Alco-Richmond||Builder's# 39311, Build Date:06-xx-1906. Purchased from Southern Ry., No. 594.(References: A,B,D,H)||02-xx-1950||1952||Yes|
|807||2-8-0||Baldwin||Builder's# 35669, Build Date:12-xx-1910. Purchased from Southern Ry., No. 807. (References: A,B,D,H)||10-xx-1948||1952||Yes|
|4025||0-6-0||Alco-Schenectady||Builder's# 70404, Build Date:09-xx-1942. U.S. Army Trans. Corps No. 4025, sold 12/47 via. Railway Accessories Co. to Ligonier Valley RR.(References: A,B,D,H)||1948||1952||Yes|
|Single Car Gas Mechanical or Gas Electric - Doodlebug or Dinky|
|M10||Brill||Model 55. Gas/Mechanical. Builder's# 22097, Build Date:1924. Acquired from Punxsutawney Coal Company (References: A,D,H,J)||1928||1952||N|
|M21||Brill||Model 55. Gas/Mechanical. Builder's# 22751, Build Date:1929. Acquired from St. Louis Southwestern Railroad 21 (References: A,D,H,J)||1937||1952||N|
|1150||EMC/St. Louis||Model 106. Gas/Electric. Builder's# 127, Build Date:07/xx/1926. Acquired from Boston And Maine Railroad (References: A,D,H,J)||11/12/1943||1952||N|
|1152||EMC/St. Louis||Model 106. Gas/Electric. Builder's# 129, Build Date:07/xx/1926. Acquired from Boston and Maine Railroad(References: A,D,H,J)||11/12/1943||1952||Yes|
A: Taber, Thomas T.,III Railroads of Pennsylvania Encyclopedia and Atlas
B: Myers, James Madison, The Ligonier Valley Rail Road and Its Communities, Pittsburgh, 1955
C: Keyser, Roger L., correspondence with author. Data on former PRR locomotives provided by PRR records.
D: Moore, Tim, correspondence with author. Verified builders data from Alco and Baldwin records.
E: Henley, Don, correspondence quoting data from Bob Brendel who states the Taber information pertaining to former owners is incorrect, original owners unknown, disposition unknown.
F: Gladulich, Richard M., By Rail to the Boardwalk, Trans-Anglo Books, Glendale, CA., 1986.
G: Photographs in the collection of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum.
H: Smith/Lowden Roster, author unknown, compiled in 1988. Located in the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum archives.
I: Coxey, William J. and Cook, W. George, Atlantic City Railroad, West Jersey Chapter, NHRS, 1980.
J: Baldwin and LVRR documents located in Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum archives.
K: Annual Report of the Secretary of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Part IV, for the year 1877.
L: Annual Report of the Secretary of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Part IV, for the years 1878 and 1881.
M: Bob Brendel in correspondence to the LVRR Museum August 24, 2010.
N: The Railway Age: Vol. 42, December 28, 1906, Page 813; The Railway Age: Vol. 44, Page 932.
O: Latrobe Bulletin, February 14, 1907.