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United Fruit Co.  - s/n unknown

The company was based in New York City, New York.
The photo is believed to have been taken at one of their banana plantations in Central America in 1922. 
It is from the
John Patrick Dannahy Collection of United Fruit Company Photographs held at the Baker Library, Harvard Business School
Edgewood Arsenal  - s/n unknown

The Edgewood U. S. Army arsenal was located at Edgewood, Maryland.
The image appeared on page 56 of the July 15, 1919 edition of Canada Lumberman and Woodworker
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Open Cab
The image appeared on page 445 of the 1909 edition of Engineering and Contracting.

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Shell Oil Company - s/n 209
Built  ??  - 24" gauge -
Fuel (gasoline)

This locomotive is the ONLY known Bell geared steam locomotive to exist at the current date (February, 2015).

The locomotive, owned by the Shell Oil Company, operated at their refinery near San Lorenzo, Venezuela 
 

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~ Upper - The International Steam Pages.   Taken at The Transport Museum, Caracas, Venezuela on October 20, 2013 by Steen Larsen.

~ Middle - www.steamlocomotive.info  - Taken at The Transport Museum, Caracas, Venezuela by  Robin R. Beck

~ Lower - The Transport Museum, Caracas, Venezuela




 

Low and Compact body Bell locomotives similar to this one were used underground in the construction of New York City's subways.  This particular locomotive is shown on the Lexington Avenue section of the subway system.   The image appeared on page 965 of the May 20, 1915 issue of Engineering News.
Low and Compact body Bell locomotives similar to this one were used underground in the construction tunnels of the New York state Catskill Aqueduct and New York City subway.   This particular image appeared on page 964 of the May 20, 1915 issue of Engineering News.

 

Acme Brick Company - near Barton, Wisconsin

This narrow gauge locomotive was used to haul sand to the factory to use in the brick making process.   The sand was dug by the company's steam powered shovel from a nearby hill on company property.  The hopper car in the photos carried the sand from the hill to the factory.  On some return trips to the sand hill, it carried water in the tank at the front of the car to supply the steam shovel.   Bags of coal are on the small cart located to the left background of the hopper car in the upper photo.  One bag was carried on each return trip to supply the steam shovel.        

Upper Photo: Washington County Historical Society, Wisconsin - courtesy of Brad Smith
Lower Photo: Courtesy of Brad Smith 
Text: Based on "The Acme Brick Company - Narrow Gauge in Wisconsin" by Brad Smith ~ "Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette"  May/June 1996

Terry & Tench Co. #1 - New York
The company was a construction contractor in New York.   They assisted in the construction of the New York City Subway.   Nothing is known about the locomotive, where or when the photo was taken.  From its apparent condition in the photo, it may be new and in transit to Terry & Tench from the Bell factory.     

The United States Government - used this locomotive to build the Black Canyon Dam near Emmett, Idaho.   The photo shows the locomotive in a field near Boise, Idaho.

The locomotive resembles the "open cab type" model.    

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