Andrew Jackson

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Rednarb

I love trains!
According to Wikipedia:

June 6th, 1833 - U.S. President Andrew Jackson becomes the first President to ride a train.

Any idea what train that was?
 

john_apw

New Member
Source: http://www.kipnotes.com/Andrew Jackson.htm

"June 6, 1833 - In Ellicott's Mills, Maryland, President Andrew Jackson boards a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train for a pleasure trip to Baltimore; first president to take a ride on the "Iron Horse," as locomotives were known."

I suggest you check B&O historical records/photos. They probably kept records on this as it was historical for the nation, the technology, and their company.

Please let us know what you find!
 

john_apw

New Member
From this page for the B&O Railraod Historical Society: http://www.borhs.org/


is a B&O timeline:
http://www.geocities.com/scott_w_dunlap/BORRTIME.htm


with this entry:
"1833 06 06 Andrew Jackson rides the B&O and becomes first American president to ride a railroad."


I checked Wikipedia for "Ellicott's Mills" and got some historical data related to the B&O, but nothing about Jackson...
(Ellicott's Mills seems to have been renamed to Ellicott City...)
 
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john_apw

New Member
I haven't found any photos or other info on the train, but based on the date,
I'd guess it was something like a wood-burning 4-4-0... ?????

-John
 

Rednarb

I love trains!
The wood-burning 4-4-0's are IMHO one of the most beautiful loco's. Does anyone make any good quality 4-4-0's with decoders and sound? (Roundhouse with MTH sound doesn't quite fit the bill and I haven't seen any other mfgs)
 

john_apw

New Member
I once bought a cheap train set that the mfgr said had the "Jupiter", but it ran poorly on DC, so I never bothered to even think about converting it to DCC.

Did I mention I'm into N-scale? This is one tiny tike! I doubt there would be room for a plain decoder, let alone a sound decoder and speaker...

But what do I know? Folks are always doing things that seem impossible!

-John
 

rhoward

S.L.O.&W. Trainman
I haven't found any photos or other info on the train, but based on the date,
I'd guess it was something like a wood-burning 4-4-0... ?????

-John
I would be inclined to think that it was more probably a Loco more like this in 1833. Especially when you consider they rebuilt the Atlantic #7 later on and renamed her the "Andrew Jackson".

http://www.southernsteamtrains.com/agrasshopper.htm
 
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