USRA Designs

USRA Mikado Steam Engine






Rutland's Mikado Steam Locomotive #33


Most of the Rutland's six USRA mikado steam locomotives, led long, relatively uneventful lives as they went on their way hauling freight and passengers. Engine # 33 was not so lucky. First, on April 2, 1920 at 11 p.m. while crossing the Rouses Point trestle over Lake Champlain a westbound consist, lead by Engine #33, took an unplanned dive into the icy waters of Lake Champlain. Windblown ice on the lake had pushed the trestle out of alignment. The engine rested at the bottom of Lake Champlain for over a year before the heavy wreckers from the Delaware & Hudson and the Boston & Main railroads were assembled and able to lift her from her watery slumber. *(1)


Rutland's Mikado Steam Locomotive #33

Photo: From the collection of

Gordon Cutler*(1)

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Engine #33 was not sooner rebuilt after its swim in Lake Champlain , when it was caught in the the Alburg engine house fire during the bitter union strike that had engulfed the Rutland Railroad in 1922.*(2)

Rutland's Mikado Steam Locomotive #33

Photo: Rutland Historical Society

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This was the only Mikado that had an earlier version of the Elesco exhaust steam injector on its right side.  This particular feed water could be a bit tricky at times and was often referred to as "that monkey injector".*(2)


Engine 33 was sold to American Wire & Steel Co., in Worcester, Mass. in 1951 for scrap.*(2)




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Rutland's Mikado Steam Locomotive #33 Rutland's Mikado Steam Locomotive #33

Photo: Howard Towsley

Photo: Rutland Newsliner,

Vol 20 #4


(1) The Rutland Railroad by Jim Shaughnessy

(2) "Interesting Steam Locomotives on the Rutland, Post-1900" by Robert W. Adams; Rutland Newsliner Vol 16, No 3, pg 10


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