I believe we corresponded quite a while ago in regards to G&U 2-6-0 Mogul No. 5, which was later
purchased by the Rahway Valley Railroad - a line I research - and became their No. 11.
Today, I took receipt of a small collection of memorabilia. Among this pile was a letter from Mr. Gordon
Hopper to George Davis, Shop Foreman of the Rahway Valley Railroad. Mr. Hopper was inquiring if
Davis had any information about G&U No. 5, or a photograph, which had become RV No. 11. While I do
not know the outcome of this correspondence, I do have the letter and it is attached.
George Davis attended GE classes, regarding their 70-ton locomotive, in 1950. Among the "graduating
class" were Ernest Cooper and Earl C. Spear. Mr. Cooper was the Shop Foreman of the G&U, and Mr.
Spear was the General Superintendent of the G&U. All three of these men are pictured in the attached
photo, taken September 25, 1950. George Davis is seated, furthest to the right. Mr. Cooper is standing,
furthest to the left. Mr. Spear is the seventh man standing from the left.
Also attached is a photograph, from my collection, of RV No. 11 - formerly G&U No. 5.
was published. I came across a short version of it some years ago and put it on this site. I was unaware
that anything more existed until Milford historian Paul Curran gave me the complete book five or six
years ago. As I mentioned, it wasn't published. It's typewritten with photocopy pictures and 140 pages
long. For anyone interested in seeing it, I made a copy which is at the Bancroft Library in Hopedale. DM,
March 12, 2015