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BROOKLYN EASTERN DISTRICT TERMINAL NUMBER 16 at the Railroad Museum of Long Island

The Museum acquired the ex-Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal No. 16 from New York Regional Rail (Cross Harbor Railroad) on January 31, 1999. This engine has the distinction of being the last steam engine to operate within New York City limits, operating as late as October, 1963, long after the Long Island Rail Road went off the coal standard.

The engine was built by Porter in 1923 for the Astoria Power & Light Company as their No. 5. Subsequently, the it was sold to Fleishman’s Yeast Co. in Peekskill, NY, and then to the Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. in Alabama. In 1938, it was sold to the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad (BEDT), one of the many waterfront railways along the shores of the East River and New York Harbor. The BEDT numbered it as their No. 16.

This is where the engine gained most of its notoriety, operating 8 years longer than any LIRR steamer. For this reason, many of the BEDT’s steamers have been preserved.  At the time her acquisition in 1999 by the Railroad Museum of Long Island many of her parts were missing. These have since been acquired for her eventual restoration. Now sitting on steel beams, her drivers will be re-installed in conjunction with RMLI's pending Site Development Plan

Courtesy of the RMLI website

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Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 


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