Model of the New Jersey Railroad's 1865 Steam Locomotive #39

Description
This is a 1/2-inch scale model of the New Jersey Railroad’s No. 39, a locomotive built in 1865 by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Company of Paterson, New Jersey. This model locomotive has two leading wheels, six driving wheels, and no trailing wheels. It is therefore classified as a 2-6-0 locomotive. The 2-6-0 is also known as the Mogul type. The stability gained from the two-wheel lead truck permitted the engine to operate at moderately high speeds.
The No. 39 is believed to be the first engine fitted with the Hudson-Bissell truck, or a two-wheel lead truck that was equalized with the front pair of driving wheels. This arrangement became a standard feature on all locomotives with single-axle lead trucks subsequently built in the United States. The 2-6-0 type’s additional pair of driving wheels gave it more pulling power than the 4-4-0 type.
The locomotive was designed to haul heavy passenger and freight trains. In 1871, the No. 39 was renumbered 739 when the Pennsylvania Railroad leased the New Jersey line. It was scrapped in October 1880.
Location
Currently on loan
date made
1962
used date
1865
maker
Boucher-Lewis Precision Models, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 in x 37 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 12.7 cm x 94.615 cm
ID Number
TR.320142
catalog number
320142
accession number
241752
subject
Railroads
Locomotives
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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