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Wm. Mason, Taunton, Mass. Locomotive Highland Light.


  • PUBLISHER: Published by Wm. Mason & Co. (Mason Machine Works).

  • MEDIUM: Multi-color lithograph,

    DATE: c.1867.

  • EDITION SIZE: Vignette 13 1/2 x 25 1/2" (34 x 65 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Signed on the stone S.S. Fizzell (Samuel S.) Ch. H. Crosby Lith. 46 Water St. Boston.<br><br> A fine decorative view of the locomotive Highland Light which was built for the Cape Cod Central Railroad, entering service in 1867.<br><br> The Mason Machine Works was located in Taunton, Massachusetts, and was in business from 1845 into the 20th century. The company became famous for an early invention by its creator, William Mason, the self-acting mule, first patented in 1840. In 1852, the company ventured into the locomotive business. Mason's innovative locomotive designs quickly drew praise from railroad engineers and operators and were known to be the easiest engines to repair. His ideas and improvements would later be adopted by other locomotive builders.<br><br> The company would construct 754 steam locomotives between 1853 and 1889.<br><br> The locomotive depicted is a 4-4-0 and was the type produced in the 1850s, '60s, and '70s.


  • CONDITION: Fair condition only. Stains and several small holes in sky.


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