Year Built: 193?
The Rockhill Trolley Museum has a variety of work equipment, and one of the most used pieces is our diminutive Brookville gasoline-powered locomotive. The history of this machine is somewhat clouded by history. We believe it was built around 1938-39.
The original purchaser of the Brookville is unknown. According to a source familiar with the locomotive, John Meehan & Sons--a contractor still in business in Philadelphia--bought the locomotive used. That company used the locomotive to build a section of the Broad Street subway in Philadelphia in the late 1930s. Meehan had an office in New York City, and the locomotive was apparently used on subway projects there as well. It was then leased to Conduit and Foundation Corp. of Philly, who also used it on New York City subway work. The next known use by Meehan was a repair job on the Broad St subway in the 1950s.
In the mid 1960s, the locomotive was borrowed from Meehan & Sons and taken to Trolley Valhalla in Tansboro, NJ. In the early 1970s, it was borrowed from Meehan by J. McHugh and Son, and brought to Rockhill Furnace. The Meehan company principles subsequently said the locomotive was to remain at Rockhill unless they needed it for a job.
The Brookville is powered by a flathead Ford V8 engine through a four-speed transmission and roller chain drive between wheels. It weighs approximately 8 tons and yet was used to move our immense Liberty Liner trainset up a significant grade into our Carbarn Two !