PROBABLY the most famous name in connection with locomotive building in New Jersey is that of Thomas Rogers. In 1832, after a few years of making looms in Paterson, he became head of the new firm of Rogers, Ketchum & Grosvenor. In 1835 the company announced it would undertake the construction of locomotives and other railroad equipment. The Sandusky was its first engine, completed in 1837, and its first American type was built in 1844. Thomas Rogers died in 1856 but the firm continued as the Rogers Locomotive Works.

Typical of the work turned out in the early sixties is the engine illustrated. It is very similar to the famous General of Civil War fame.

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