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There were several  more geared steam locomotives of varied designs and sizes produced.  With a few exceptions, most were produced in small numbers.   They were typically made by small companies or concerns in an attempt to fill a specific niche of the demand for geared steam locomotives.    Some are one of a kind units being assembled, built, or cobbled together by the locomotive's owner or their employees.


Builder: Unknown

Owner : Iowa Ballast and Construction Co.  - Maxon, Monroe County,  Iowa

The locomotive appears to be a "sprocket and chain" drive system with two horizontally mounted steam cylinders and vertical boiler.  The yellow arrow in the lower images points to the location of the sprocket and chain.
 
The photo (ID 1192) is part of the Calvin Geological Photographs collection hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries.  We thank John Taubeneck of Seattle, Washington for notifying us of this photo's existence.

 


Builder: Unknown

Owner : Moulton & O'Mahoney

The locomotive, named "The Jesse", is depicted in the photo taken October 12, 1900 at the construction site of the Wachusett Reservoir, Worcester County, Massachusetts. 

The locomotive appears to be a "sprocket and chain" drive system with at least one horizontally mounted steam cylinder.    
 
Photo credit: 
Goodman, George P. via The Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    We thank John Taubeneck of Seattle, Washington for notifying us of this photo's existence.

Builder: Miller & Shaw -  Cambridgeport, Massachusetts - 1891 ~ (The previous appears on the locomotive's smoke box access door)
Additional research reveals the company was the manufacturer of "portable steam hoisting engines" at Sixth and Broadway Streets in Cambridgeport.  See article >HERE<.

Owner : Moulton & O'Mahoney
The locomotive, named "The Hobo", is depicted in the photo taken October 12, 1900 at the construction site of the Wachusett Reservoir, Worcester County, Massachusetts. 

The locomotive appears to have at least one horizontally mounted steam cylinder used to drive two large spur gears.   Those gears are mounted on a shaft positioned near the front of the locomotive,  atop and perpendicular to the its main frame, just below the boiler's smoke box.  They appear to mesh with  two additional spur gears mounted on the front axle and immediately below the large spur gears.
 
Photo credit: 
Goodman, George P. via The Digital Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    We thank John Taubeneck of Seattle, Washington for notifying us of this photo's existence.

Builder: Miners' Foundry and Machine Co. - San Francisco, California 

Owner :Gualala Mill Co. #1
- Gualala, California built 1878 - gauge 5' 8
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Photo credit:  Tony Phillips via Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society

 
Builder: Vulcan Iron Works - San Francisco, California  - Roster 
This company is not the same named and more well known locomotive builder of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.(1)

Owner :Caspar, South Fork, & Eastern Railway #1- Caspar, California - built 1869 - photo circa 1885 -  The wood burning locomotive was named  "Jumbo".     Built for the City Grading Co of San Francisco, California. (1)

Sources:
(1) Roy Keeley
(2) Photo by Fred C. Stoes via Yesteryear Depot

Builder: Adams and Price - No. 6 Vauxhall Street, Nashville, Tennessee (design from patent of W. E. Cole) - total quantity built is unknown
Owner : Unknown
This image appeared on page 377 of the August, 1899 issue of Railway and Locomotive Engineering.
Builder: Washington Iron Works - Seattle, Washington.
Owner : Eastern & Western Lumber  Co.
- Little Valdez Island, British Columbia, Canada

The locomotive had two 8" X 8" vertical mounted cylinders.   It was equipped with drive shafts, universal joints, outboard gearing on the driving wheels, and trucks that resembled those employed on a Shay geared locomotive.    The boiler was of a  60"x96" internal furnace type.   The steel frame spanned 24' in length.   It was equipped with a steam brake and reversing gear.    As shown, the drive shafts were uncoupled.  

This image and accompanying details appeared on page 32 of the June, 1910 issue of the "The Timberman" periodical.    It is believed to be the only locomotive the company built.

Builder: Grice & Long - Trenton, New Jersey.    Also once located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Owner : Unknown 

This image and accompanying text appeared on page 313 of the book "Development of the Locomotive Engine" - by Angus Sinclair.  The book was published in 1907 by the Angus Sinclair Publishing Co. of New York.

Builder: Tanner & Delaney Engine Co.  (builder) of Richmond, Virginia -  The company opened their shops in 1883 and  was later known by the name of                  The Pole Locomotive Company. 
Owner : Unknown
 

This image of the "Richmond" appeared in the Cassier's Magazine - Volume X - May 1896 - Oct 1896.   It is unknown if it depicts a specific locomotive that was actually built by the company.

Builder: H. K. Porter Company, Inc. - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Owner : Unknown 
This locomotive  was promoted as a "Contractors Oil Locomotive".

Image from "Engineering and Contracting - Volume 43 - January-June 1915" 

Builder: George A Bothwell -  Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
Owner : Unknown

Note the geared drivers to the rear of the standard large spoked drivers.  Look for patent  #882,618  for this locomotive on the Other Geared Patents Page.
Builder: Campbell, Whittier & Co. -  Roxbury, Massachusetts 902d

Owner : Mt. Washington Railway #1 - Mt. Washington, New Hampshire
                Built 1866

The locomotive is depicted at the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair.  It was the worlds first cog railway engine in the world.
902d

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