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January 12, 2021

Compendium of Photos of Engine Leach

 I thought it would be handy to have a single blog post with all the photos I have found of the USMRR engine Leach. John Ott was very helpful in sending some of these to me. The first two I had previously posted on my blog.

The next two are actually the same image, except one is a wide view and one is close  up. 

The last image came via John Ott. Note the circular headlight in three of the images. Only the one image shows a rectangular headlight. Since Leach had suffered battle damage during its career, some parts were likely changed. Also not in the second and last photo there is an odd ring-like part on the rear steam dome.  On some of the photos the lettering on the tender is barely visible.

This photo is not very clear, but we can see the rear dome is partially disassembled. Also
not the fact car loaded with wheel sets. One of my readers pointed out that the connecting crank rod on 
the port side appears to be missing.

The following images are of other locomotives made by NJLW that John Ott sent me. They may share some family traits with Leach. But Leach is the only one with three domes. Leach was also bigger than most other ACW era locomotives. She also had a longer wheel base than most.  


  1. That "ringlike" part on the rear dome looks like the brass cover to said dome. Perhaps it was leaking from the dome and they had to tear it apart to tighten the bolts on the road? Cant remove the safety valve levers so its just hinged backwards. The connecting rod also appears to be missing, a not insignificant lift.
    Being stuck somewhere seems like the perfect opportunity to take a couple photos.

  2. It looks to me as if the connecting rod is also missing in your picture number 2, and I wonder if pictures 2 and 5 are taken at the same place from different directions?