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Thursday, January 04, 2007

History: Davenport Locomotive Works

The Bachmann Side Rod Gas Mechanical model is based on a 1940's loco from the Davenport Locomotive Works.

Davenport Locomotive Works of Davenport, IA, built locomotives from 1902 to 1956. It soon became a thriving builder of small steam tank locomotives. From 1950 to 1956, Davenport produced Porter designs as well as it' own. They built their first gasoline locomotive in 1924 and their first diesel, a 30-ton for Northern Illinois Coal co. of Boonville, IN, in 1927. The line included 4ton gas to 112ton diesels, with mechanical torque converter (hydraulic) or electric transmission.

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