Fairbanks Morse Locomotives?

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Fairbanks Morse Locomotives?
Posted by highball2 on Monday, July 6, 2020 2:48 PM

I am now in St Johnsbury VT home of Fairbanks Morse who made scales and locomotives and wanted to know more about the locomotive division and where they wer made? There is no evidence of a loco factory here.

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:32 AM

Janesville, Wis.

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Posted by Backshop on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:49 AM

Brian Schmidt

Janesville, Wis.


Almost... Beloit.

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:48 PM

I am now in St Johnsbury VT home of Fairbanks Morse who made scales and locomotives and wanted to know more about the locomotive division

By the time FM decided to try the OP engine in rail equipment, the 'merged' company had long since moved to Wisconsin -- St. Johnsbury is merely where Fairbanks originally set up the scale business in the early 1820s, over a century earlier.

What interests me is that I don't know the exact address of the locomotive plant.  Railfans often use 'La Grange' as metonymy for EMD and 'Schenectady' for Alco, but I believe it was FM's corporate presence that was in Beloit... not necessarily the new facility they had to open to be able to stop needing to build most of the locomotive with a competitor in Erie.  I presume Brian Schmidt wouldn't have said 'Janesville' without knowing something.  (I had always thought the plant was in Beloit, but never actually checked the address...)

Beloit and Janesville are about 20 minutes apart by car, 40 minutes by express bus.  Presumably the locomotive plant was not built close to Beloit city itself, so we need to see something like tax-roll data...

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Posted by samfp1943 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:12 PM

Hello, highball2 ! Welcome 

                                        I Will start you off with this linked site:

Ok, it is Pinterest, but there  is a pleatheora of F-M Photos and they represent many production types...Some are even in color!Sigh

Here is a photo montage of various F-M Types, Engines and of the Beloit plant as well:       

You can also search in Wikipedia as well: SEARCH: "Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives on Wikipedia"  That brings up at least 10 titles for the requested reference.  Hope this will help!  Whistling




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Posted by Psychot on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:30 PM

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Posted by SD70Dude on Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:57 PM

I've always thought that FM's locomotives were assembled in Beloit.  Their plant site there is very large with multiple buildings that are each big enough to house multiple locomotives at once, and even today the plant site still has rail access. 

I'm thinking of the site between Park Ave and the Rock River in central Beloit.

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Posted by rvos1979 on Saturday, July 11, 2020 6:48 PM

FM still has a presence in Beloit, I've driven by the buildings on WI 81 several times...........

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