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After posting Why is the Steam Into History locomotive named York #17 ?  three months ago, I’ve had a few queries from readers with questions like: Is this really the type of locomotive that pulled Lincoln’s train to Gettysburg?  Is this really the type of locomotive that pulled Lincoln’s Funeral Train? 

The location next to marker ‘6’ on this 1908 Topographic Map is named Billmeyer.  This name has a direct relationship to Charles Billmeyer, one of the founders of the rail car manufacturer Billmeyer & Small in York, PA.  The location is still noted as ‘Billmeyer’ on current maps, such as

Where does Rail Car Manufacturing fall within The Rise of Industrial York?  I ask this question during my presentations on 19th Century Railway Car Builders of York.  There is no doubt rail car building was one of the earliest industrial industries in York.  These 19th Century manufacturers shipped rail car

General William J. Palmer and his associates incorporated their vision of a grand western railroad, The Denver & Rio Grande, on October 27, 1870.  After General Palmer announced in a speech on February 17, 1871 his intention to build his railroad as the countries first narrow gauge railway, many other