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Baldwin Locomotive Works locos in the Garden

The Baldwin Locomotive Works was an American builder of railroad (railway) locomotives. It was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania originally, and later in nearby Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Although the company was very successful as a producer of steam locomotives, it was unable to make the transition to diesel power. It stopped producing locomotives in 1956 and went out of business in 1972 (quoted by JSJ from Wikipedia).

If someone who is more knowledgeable than me about this could write a brief synopsis please? It would be great if this had an emphasis on the originals which have resulted in the various garden models. Otherwise for the moment I refer readers to the Wikipedia in the links section below (JSJ).


Links

The Wikipedia page on Baldwin Locomotive Works seems comprehensive is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Locomotive_Works#Steam_locomotives

There is a downloadable version of the Illustrated Catalogue of Locomotives (1871?) at http://www.archive.org/details/baldwinlocomotiv00baldrich

A web page with lots of narrow gauge Baldwin information which includes the design details for the Biles-Coleman mallet that was modelled by Bachmann
 
A web page giving a run down on how a locomotive was built by the Baldwin locomotive Works (BLW). A must read,