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Locomotives

Boston Consolidated Mining Company purchased five 0-4-0T, 36-inch gauge locomotives with 10x14 cylinders in May 1906 from H. K. Porter and Company (Porter 3560-3564), plus four more in September 1906 (Porter 3707-3710), plus two more in April 1907 (Porter 3867, 3868). (Locomotive Notes II, Number 125, page 4; Number 127, page 3; Number 130, page 4)

Boston Consolidated's mine was located at the top of Carr Fork, and would have not needed a standard-gauge locomotive until the Copper Belt's spur into Carr Fork was completed in October 1903, since there was no railroad service to Carr Fork until that time. In 1906, they began construction of a two-mile spur to reach the upper levels of Carr Fork to gain access to the open-cut low-grade ore mine, and as a way to get the shovels and small mine locos and cars up to the new open-cut mine.

December 30, 1906
Boston Consolidated had received their Shay by the end of 1906. In a news item about a new Shay for the Copper Belt, "The Rio Grande has ordered another Shay engine for the Copper Belt, which has already been shipped from Dayton, and is expected here within a few days. This with the new No. 10 of the Boston Co., will do much to relieve the freight congestion on the Copper Belt." (Salt Lake Mining Review, December 30, 1906, "Around The State," quoting an item in the Bingham Bulletin)

In a 1907 mortgage to fund its continued expansion, Boston Con listed the following:

An article in the September-October 1907 issue of Mines and Minerals magazine showed the following:

On March 1, 1910 the Boston Consolidated Mining Company was merged with the Utah Copper Company, with two and a half shares of Boston stock being traded for each share of Utah stock. (source not recorded)

1915
Utah Copper sold the Boston Consolidated Shay locomotive after October 1915. After the merger in March 1910 of Utah Copper and Boston Consolidated, and with the 1909 end of open-cut operations in the Boston Consolidated porphyry mine, the Shay was no longer needed.

All 11 narrow gauge Porter locomotives were shown as being on Utah Copper property until at least October 1, 1915, the date of the list of boilers on Utah Copper, which included locomotives, shovels and rotary drills.

Roster Listing

Three-foot narrow gauge

Porter 0-4-0 Tank -- 9 locomotives
10x16 cylinders

Boston Con.
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Notes
Boston Con. 1 Porter 3560 May 1906  
Boston Con. 2 Porter 3561 May 1906  
Boston Con. 3 Porter 3562 May 1906  
Boston Con. 4 Porter 3563 May 1906  
Boston Con. 5 Porter 3564 May 1906  
Boston Con. 6 Porter 3707 Sep 1906  
Boston Con. 7 Porter 3708 Sep 1906  
Boston Con. 8 Porter 3709 Sep 1906  
Boston Con. 9 Porter 3710 Sep 1906  

General Notes:

a. Locomotive specifications:
  Cylinders Drivers Engine Weight
  10x16 inches 36 inches  

Porter 0-4-0 Tank -- 2 locomotives
12x16 cylinders

Boston Con.
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Notes
Boston Con. 11 Porter 3867 Apr 1907  
Boston Con. 12 Porter 3868 Apr 1907  

General Notes:

a. Locomotive specifications:
  Cylinders Drivers Engine Weight
  12x16 inches 36 inches  

Standard Gauge

Lima C 80-3 Shay -- 1 locomotive
(3) 15x14 cylinders

Road
Number
Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Date
Description Date To
Boston Con
Date
Retired
Notes
Boston Con. 10 Lima 461 May 1894 Shay, Class C, 80 Tons, Three-trucks Dec 1906 1913 1

General Notes:

a. Boston Consolidated no. 10 was built as Kaul & Hall Lumber Co. no. 10 (St. Mary's and Southwestern Railroad) at St. Mary's, Pennsylvania; to Clarion River Railway no. 10 at Hallton, Pennsylvania; to Boston Consolidated Mining Co. no. 10 in December 1906; merged with Utah Copper Co. in March 1910, still on Utah Copper property until at least October 1, 1915, the date of the list of boilers on Utah Copper, which included locomotives, shovels and rotary drills.
b. Locomotive specifications:
  Cylinders Drivers Engine Weight
  (3) 15x14 inches 39 inches 141,000 pounds

Notes:

1. Boston Consolidated no. 10 (Utah Copper after 1910) was sold to Newaukum Valley Railroad no. 2 at Napavine, Washington in 1915; to Carlisle - Pennell Lumber Co. no. 2 at Onalaska, Washington; to Onalaska Lumber Co. no. 2 at Onalaska, Washington; to Carlisle Lumber Co. no. 2 at Onalaska, Washington.

Mine Locomotives

GE 0-4-0 Trolley -- 1 locomotive
220 VDC; 18-inch gauge; 20-inch drivers

Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Model
Date GE  Class Notes
GE 2064 LM105-B1 /1906 040-E-1NWP2½  

GE 0-4-0 Trolley -- 3 locomotives
500 VDC; 36-inch gauge; 28-inch drivers

Builder Builder
Number
Builder
Model
Date GE  Class Notes
GE 2634 LM106-C2 /1907 040-E-1GE59G  
GE 2635 LM106-C2 /1907 040-E-1GE59  
GE 3063 LM106-C2 /1909 040-E-1GE59A  

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