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The Edison

The Edison Henry Ford wanted an American-style William Mason locomotive from the post-Civil War period for his museum. Mason’s engines were famous for their superior performance and technical design, but no original examples could be found. In 1932, Henry Ford created this replica using parts from a number of different locomotives. He named it after his friend Thomas Edison. The Edison was assembled at Rouge Locomotive Shop in Detroit Michigan.


  • Weight (locomotive and tender): 25 tons
  • Wheel arrangement: 4-4-0 (4 pilot front wheels, 4 driving wheels and no trailing wheels)
  • Top Speed: 40 m.p.h.
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