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
chapters. You'll find links to the rest of it there.
Items below are from http://www.trainweb.org/rahwayvalley/Engine_11.htm
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.
Engine #11 on the siding in the Kenilworth Yards. August 11, 1934.
#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."
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: http://www.hope1842.com/guHopperRvsd.html)
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:
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
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).