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1893 GE/MfrsRR/NHRR #1

Survivor Electric Boxcab Page

(General Electric)

(Page separated out from the main Electric Boxcabs Page on 17 Jan 01,
thus becoming my 277th page, the 49th Boxcabs page!)

INDEX to Boxcabs Pages:

note-rt.gif   The primary Boxcabs Index has been moved to a separate page, together with links and credits.

Boxcab Help - A service for boxcab afficionados,
posting reasonable questions (at my sole discretion).

There are now more than seventy-five (75) BOXCAB pages;
see the full INDEX, now on a separate page.

[A new "bugaboo" has reared its ugly head - complexity of organization -
see COMPLEXITY on my main index page.]

  The Boxcabs Index Page.
BOXCAB BIBLIOGRAPHY is at the end of Continuation Page 3.


On the main Electric Boxcabs page:
1893 GE #1 / MfrsRR #1 - moved to this page 01 Jan 03.
Piedmont & Northern #5103
    (moved to Electric Boxcab (Survivors) Continuation Page 3 on 11 Jun 02
        and to its own page on 01 Jan 03.

On the Electric Boxcab (Survivors) Continuation Page 1:
  ELECTRIC BOXCABS - Part 2, with
GE #1/MfrsRR #1 History (continued),
        and moved to this, its own, page on 01 Jan 03.
St. Clair Tunnel Electric Boxcabs,
    Mystery Canadian G.E. Electric Boxcab (no it's not!)
        and moved to its own page on 01 Jan 03.
Chilean Boxcabs, and
Other Overseas Electric Boxcabs

On the Electric Boxcab (Survivors) Continuation Page 2:

So. Bklyn #4.
        moved to its own page on 01 Jan 03.
L&PS #L1 and #L2.
        moved to its own page on 01 Jan 03.
Butte, Anaconda & Pacific.
        moved to its own page on 01 Jan 03.

On the Electric Boxcabs (Survivors) Continuation Page 3:

Piedmont & Northern #5103
moved there from the main Electric Boxcabs page 11 Jun 02
        and moved to its own page on 01 Jan 03.

On the GE Boxcab Page
    GE 20/23-ton Boxcabs.
    ALCo and GE Shovelnoses
    Chiriqui Land Co. Miniboxcabs
    Surviving GE Electric Boxcabs.

On this GE Boxcab Continuation Page 1
    Survivor 1893 GE Electric #1 / MfrsRR #1.
    GE Flatnoses (F.C.M. de Chih., S.A.).   new (23 Aug 2016)

On the GE Boxcab Continuation Page 2
    GE-716 Truck.

Still on Continuation Page 5:


1893 GE/MfrsRR/NHRR #1

FLASH! - Old Number One survives!  GE #1 of 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition fame is intact in her last running condition at the Museum of Transport in St. Louis and, thanks to New Haven buff (and S gauger) Dennis Conway out L. A. way, here she is as she looked in NH service ca. 1900 and as she sits in St. Louis:

MRR #1 MRR #1 Today

Dennis followed up with a scan of a side cross-section drawing (a scan of a copy of a copy, which I made into a B&W GIF image) from "Street Railway Journal", Vol. 9, Jul 1893:

MRR #1 Side X-sect
Three images courtesy of D. Conway

Note that she had faired headlights on the roof as built and there's no provision for a pole on the drawing (could she have been a third-railer?).

Now, to the history, provided by Dennis (and edited by me).  She was purchased from GE (sn #1437) by the Manufacturer's Railroad of New Haven, Connecticut (later an NHRR subsidiary) that same year and almost immediately put to work on River Street in New Haven hauling freight, lettered as MRR #1 (soon re-lettered as NYNH&H No. 1).

In 1901, #1 was returned to GE in Schenectady for rebulding.  She received a nearly-all-new understructure with GE-51A motors and then was rated at 15 tons.  She was given new s/n #1607, and listed as type LS-209E.

She is still in her last working physical incarnation as modified by the Joe Cushing RR of Fitchburg, Massachusets, in 1905 (slots in bonnets and changed windows for improved vision, etc.)  She has been repainted approximately as GE decorated her in 1893.  The museum plans to someday restore #1 to her original GE appearance specifications. GE #1 was actually built by Thompson-Houston in 1892-93, at about the same time that General Electric bought Thompson-Houston.  Thompson-Houston is the same firm whose British subsidiary of that name built the 1932 Ford boxcab preserved and restored in Kent, Sussex.

I'm continuing, and expanding, coverage here (based almost entirely on input from Dennis Conway).

Joe Cushing bought her through a broker acting for the NH/MfrsRR in 1905 and she hauled flour in Fitchburg {the Fitchburg flour forwarder?} until the outbreak of WWII.  She was later donated to the St. Louis museum by the Joe Cushing RR.

Well, Dennis is trying to get more information about the Joe Cushing RR (there is a story on it in about 1984 in the In Connecticut magazine, Vol. 1, No.1., and he's trying to locate a copy of the article) and about the purpose of the bonnets at each end.  The bonnets were originally continuous from side to side and that would have made #1 a steeple cab and I'd be hard presssed to justify including her here (not that that would stop me!), but with the bonnets (or at least one of them) split, they become, in effect, panniers, and thus she is (now, anyway) a true boxcab!

I told Dennis, like a little kid in school with the answer; "I KNOW! I KNOW! I KNOW!  Those are juice containers, so the lil' critter has enough juice to run!"  :)

I seem to have completely forgotten to note that I am well into a POWERED model of #1 in Z-scale (1:220)!  Powered - really!

GE Flatnoses (F.C.M. de Chih., S.A.) - Frank M. sent me this image of a pair of GE 30" N.G. Mexican electric boxcabs from freerail.com:   new (23 Aug 2016)

images courtesy of F. M./Free Rails

They are lettered "F.C.M.DE CHIH. S.A." so that's Ferrocariles Mexicanos de Chihuahua.  Aiee, chihuahua (sorry 'bout that - no, I'm not)!

Only problem is that I can't find any such on-line!  It does not appear to be the Ferrocarril Chihuahua al Pacifico.  Guess I'll have to "make enquiries".

They look a little like the GE Shovelnoses but with flat fronts and more like they're on 18" track than 30".


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.

There are now more than seventy-five (75) BOXCAB pages;
see the full INDEX, now on a separate page.


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