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All Aboard: 1905

All Aboard: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The miniature railway, Coney Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Admit 1

The column is a ticket collecting station. The wheel turned a rotary comb device that prevented tickets being removed and reused.

The column

And what is this column with steering wheel? Can anyone shed some light?

Cagney Brothers

They had addresses at 301, 407 and finally 74 Broadway. Their home was in Jersey City and eventually all company offices were relocated to NJ.

This locomotive is a 15 inch gauge Class D Heavy design developed prior to the 1904 St Louis Worlds Fair. Note the two broken studs, top and LH - probably the nuts were overtightened when the smoke box cover was removed for tube cleaning.

The locomotives were manufactured in Niagara Falls by the McGarigle Machine Company and later in Jersey City

Daddy yawn

As a father, I can identify with the gentleman in the boater, who is apparently in mid-yawn, waiting with his young charge for the next go-around.

Comic Relief

Buster Brown takes a day off from his newspaper job.

Cagney Brothers

The Cagney Brothers' "Miniature Railway Company" began building steam locomotives in 1894. Its popular 15-inch gauge 4-4-0 was a crude replica of New York Central No. 999. For many decades these engines could be found working at amusement parks, zoos, city parks and fairs across the United States. Remarkably, they were actively marketed for practical uses such as mine service, but found their greatest sales for use as a novelty and amusement item. All in all, Cagney built about 1300 locomotives in many different sizes and gauges before it went out of business in 1948.


There was a certain amount of turnover in the engineer department.

What's it say

On the front of the locomotive?


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