Central Railroad of New Jersey Locomotive Number 113, Minersville, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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What do you know about the town of Minersville, Pennsylvania?

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Some of you are saying, “Duh!  It is the home of miners.”

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That could be true considering that it is in the eastern central part of the state surrounded by anthracite coal mines, and it was the access to the mines that helped this town grow.  For the rail fan, coal mines usually meant railroads, and a railroad was built to transport the coal through the region.  There is another great reason the visit the town of Minersville.  What is that reason?  It is the home of the Central Railroad of New Jersey Locomotive Number 113.

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What is special about the Number 113?  It is an old switcher locomotive original built for the Central Railroad of New Jersey to be used in the freight yards as switcher locomotives were normally used for.  It is a 0-6-0 locomotive that was very…

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