Before the perfection of electric street traction in the 1880's, American city railways tried many exotic forms of power in an effort to displace horse-propelled cars. In the 1870's the Crescent City Railway of New Orleans tried some steam storage motors built in Paterson, New Jersey, by Theodore Scheffler in 1876. These locomotives were fireless and obtained a "charge" of steam from a stationary boiler house. In later years a limited number of fireless locomotives were used for industrial railways. A few may be seen in service today around electric generating plants. (Recent Locomotives, Fig. 110)

They Don't Make 'Em | Contents Page

Do you have any information you'd like to share on this subject? Please email me!
The Catskill Archive website and all contents, unless otherwise specified,
are 1996-2010 Timothy J. Mallery