THE THOMAS ROGERS
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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