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Railroad Raleigh & Gaston Locomotives
   The following list of early locomotives for the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad contains the engine's number (if known), date built, builder and wheel arrangement, where available. Of course, all were steam driven.


 
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   The American style locomotive was the standard engine built by all of the 
locomotive manufacturers. While the locomotive had many exterior variations, the wheel arrangement (4-4-0) and the over-all appearance remained the same. This particular engine-wheel type was designed to place as much weight as possible on 
the drivers and to maneuver the sharp curves and poor quality of track conditions 
of the mid-1800s.
Locomotives
Name Number Date Built or
In Service

Builder

Type
(Wheels)

Raleigh   1836 Norris 4x4x0
Tornado   1839 C. J. Burr 4x2x0
Volcano   1839 C. J. Burr 4x2x0
Tempest   1840 C. J. Burr 4x2x0
Franklin   1852 Norris 4x4x0
Wake   1852 Norris 4x4x0
Warren   1852 Norris 4x4x0
Alamance   1855 Norris 4x4x0
Romulus Saunders   1857 Norris 4x4x0
George W. Mordecai   1859 Norris 4x4x0
Graham     Tredegar 4x4x0
Granville     Norris 4x4x0
Halifax     Tredegar 4x4x0
Spark?        

Wheel arrangements list the number of wheels on each of up to 3 sets for these locomotives. The arrangement refers to leading/guiding wheel, main drivers and secondary driving wheels.

Burr & Ettinger (also D. J. Burr & Co.) A Richmond company that produced a few engines until about 1855.

Norris Locomotive Works A Philadelphia locomotive builder constructing about 1,000 engines between 1836 and 1860. It was the dominant American producer during most of that period.

Tredegar Iron Works A Richmond company that produced about 70 locomotives between 1850 and 1860. Its work is sometimes listed with combinations of the names Anderson (from Joseph R. Anderson, the manager), Souther, Delaney, and Pickering.

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