The 60000, Franklin Museum, PA

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Baldwin 60000 is an experimental steam locomotive built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania in 1926, during the height of the railroading industry. It received its number for being the 60,000th locomotive built by Matthias Baldwin's, Baldwin Locomotive Works. The Baldwin Locomotive Works had a humble beginning. Matthias W. Baldwin, the founder, was a jeweler and whitesmith, who, in 1825, formed a partnership with a machinist, and engaged in the manufacture of bookbinders' tools and cylinders for calico printing. Baldwin then designed and constructed for his own use a small stationary engine, the workmanship of which was so excellent and its efficiency so great that he was solicited to build others like it for various parties, and thus led to turn his attention to steam engineering. The 60000's demonstration runs never persuaded railroads to purchase more, and in 1933, it was purchased by the Franklin Institute Science Museum for $1, and remains there today. Back then, it took five days to move the locomotive five blocks from 24th and Vine Street to the Museum. As a child, I frequented the BFM almost monthly as my close friends mom, traveled to see her parents in Phily. Dropping the two of us to wreak havoc among the exhibits we often fought for who would be "casey jones" and "drive" the train its 20 feet on the exhibits track.....we indeed felt the heat of the steam and heard the sounds of the engine........Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w or color photo, watercolor or painted print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper and each photograph is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist.

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