BR&P wrote:The lettering on the shovel was:
"This shovel was purchased from the Marion Steam Shovel Co in the year 1906...it operated continuously from that time to June 1949 and is now in operating condition. General Crushed Stone Co. General Office Easton Pa."
Both the shovel and the saddletanker bore the number "3" in a circle. The loco was coupled to a small dump car in which rested the bucket of the shovel. The boiler (or saddle tank actually) of the locomotive had large lettering "The General Crushed Stone Co." There was no narative on the locomotive itself, and nothing on the steam shovel regarding the Panama Canal.
This info from a slide I took in summer 1961.
I know this is an old thread, but just came across it. I am currently working with the LeRoy historical society on the Marion 91 shovel there, have drawn up a 3D CAD model and full plans for it, also in the middle of a 3/4"-1' live steam model of it. One thing we are trying to determine about the shovel is the shop number for it, which is its serial number. The plate that used to be on the side frame rails with the number was removed at some point in its history. I was wondering, if you have a slide from 1961 showing the old text on the side, its just possible that the number plate is visible in it - it would be just forward of the rear tracks, left of the patent number plate (which is still there). Any chance you could dig out that slide and take a look? We would love to have a copy of that slide too, are looking for more vintage photos of the shovel. We are starting a fundraising effort to get some informational signage up this summer, also are hoping to get some preservation work done on it (have had input from the team at SteamTown for how to go about it). BR&P - I would have sent you a PM about this, but apparently am too new to this forum and it won't let me do that yet. Any information on the shovel would be most appreciated!