Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ  2004

Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ 2004

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Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace DJ 2004
 
Mason Steam Locomotives By Arthur W Wallace
192 Pages
Hard cover with Dust Jacket.  Copyright 2004
Contents
Preface  4
Chapter 1 In the Beginning6
Chapter 2 The Locomotive Business  16
Chapter 3 The War Years28
Chapter 4 1865-67 & The Armistice  40
Chapter 5 1868-1870 & The Janus 49
Chapter 6 1871-1872 & The Fairlies 64
Chapter 7 1873-1874 Mason Incorporates 78
Chapter 8 Mason Builds the Centennial Locomotive98
Chapter 9 1877-1879 The Mason Catalog 114
Chapter 10 1880-1881 Largest of the Double-Trucks  130
Chapter 11 1882-1884 Mason Dies at 76 145
Chapter 12 1885-1890 The Last Locomotive Leaves  154
Chapter 13 The Later Years 169
Appendix The Mason Catalogue 172
Bibliography  182
Index 187

Preface
William Mason's life began in a period when some of the earliest machinery was being used in the United States, machinery to mass produce common cotton cloth. Prior to this, people relied on hand looms and the spinning wheel, and a large portion of the population was employed in making fabrics of the day. No home was complete without a spinning wheel, and many immigrants brought theirs along, carefully disassembled and stored at the bottom of the trunk carrying their sole possessions.
Development and perfection of cotton machinery led to the creation of an industry that formed the backbone of the nation in the production of the raw materials, the creation of cloth, and of clothing. Mason, as a manufacturer of cotton machines, was caught in a variable market, and to keep his shop busy during the slow periods, resorted to products not subject to the same business cycles. One of these was the building of locomotives.
All of Mason's products were unique in two aspects. First, since he was driven by a desire to improve whatever he was working on, his efforts at innovation were readily apparent in the product. These methods of solving the problem often led to unique concepts, which he was able to patent. Second, he arranged components of his machinery in a functional, yet artistic manner that appealed to the eye.
Mason's locomotives were considered the finest in form and function, the "Rolls Royces" of the day. It was well after his locomotives had become established that he developed a different style of locomotive, one which he felt contained significant advantages over those built to the standard configuration. It was the study of this unique locomotive that initially attracted my attention. Mason's "double-truck" or Fairlie locomotives, arranged in the same manner as today's diesel locomotives, were steam-driven and fraught with challenges.
This study is about Mason, and his locomotives: the principal objective is to relate that which is known about the locomotives at the time they left the factory. However, remarks about their eventual use, where known, have been included. Little effort has been made to include subsequent ownership, service life and ultimate demise, as these studies have been recorded elsewhere.
This project has spanned a half century, and has yielded numerous friendships. Other dedicated researchers have contributed the bulk of material; their hard work is acknowledged, along with my personal sincere thanks. Much of this work has been drawn from the personal notes of Dr. John W. Lozier. Also, Alexander M. Watson, W.W. Groves, John H. White, Jr., and John D. Buvinger have contributed significant efforts.

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