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126 Baldwin 4-6-0
 

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126 Baldwin 4-6-0

The Baldwin 4-6-0 was a popular American locomotive in the second half of the nineteenth century.  4-6-0 gets its name from its the way the wheels are arranged on the locomotive with four wheels on two axles in a leading truck, six powered and coupled driving wheels on three axles, and no trailing wheels behind it.  The other half of the 4-6-0's name comes from Matthias W. Baldwin.  Matthias Baldwin was owner of Baldwin Locomotive works.  Most designs and attributes of the 4-6-0 can trace back to Septium Norris a steam locomotive designer and American Mechanical engineer.  Norris supposedly filed a patent in 1846 which had the 4-6-0 locomotive type, that has yet to be found by workers at the USPTO.  Baldwin who was not initially impressed with the 4-6-0's design, built his first 4-6-0 in 1852.  While the first 4-6-0 the Chesapeake was built by the Norris Locomotive company lead by Septium Norris brother WIlliam in 1847.               


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Baldwin gained much success after completing his first 4-6-0 and demand increased going into the 1860's and 1870's.  While leaving the Mill town of Lawrence Mass. in Ragtime Tateh and his daughter the little girl board a Baldwin 4-6-0.  Popularity of the Baldwin increased even further after the Hepburn act of 1906.  The act set maximum railroad rates.   


sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4-6-0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Locomotive_Works





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