Rockhill M-25

Rockhill Trolley Museum Photo

This small locomotive is typical of General Electric's early single-ended locomotives built for industrial applications. It was built in 1942 for use at a Hudson Motor Car plant at Centerline, MI. Information received from a Hudson authority in 2006 indicates this plant built 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns for the Navy (not torpedo boats as previously stated). Centerline reportedly had space for 20 rail cars on a 900 foot loading dock, so the loco was probably kept quite busy at its first home.

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Wire Time

June 11, 2007

Volunteers teamed up to continue the progress in improving the museum's overhead wire.

The wire train pauses as a new back guy is installed near the furnace ruins.

Photos: Chuck K

June 2007

Friday Night Lights

August 17, 2007

With trolley operations throughout the weekends, maintenance on the trolley overhead has to be squeezed in whenever possible. Tonight, volunteers assisted by the M-25 Diesel and the one of a kind Aerial Bucket Car, seize the opportunity and get fresh bulbs into the light clusters around the museum area.

Photos: Joel S.

August 2007

Diesel-Powered Christmas Gift

Our M25 diesel locomotive is a very useful piece of equipment. It does have one drawback, in that its engine (a Cummins HBI-600) is obsolete and parts are hard to find and expensive. We were therefore quite pleased when McHugh Locomotive & Crane of Fairless Hills, PA, arranged for us to receive an RTO engine from a locomotive it was rebuilding. This spare should help keep the M25 a viable piece of equipment for us for many years to come.

M25 spare engine now resides in our Car Barn 2 parts warehouse.

November 2005

Decorations going up

November 9, 2003:

With decorations prepared, a crew used the Aerial Bucket Car and M-25 diesel locomotive to start hanging decorations on line poles around the yard area. Help is needed to complete decorations in the yard and along the line! Please contact us if you can help us prepare for our holiday visitors!

November 2003