American Industrial Mining Co.
Preserving Our Mining and Industrial Heritage
A 501(c)(3) Non-profit preservation, restorations and education organization
Brookville Locomotive
From AIMCo's Archives.
This is one of these first advertising ads placed in 1918 in a Coal Age magazine the same year the Brookville, Pa company was formed. Many of the original Brookville archives were lost in a severe flood. This ad very well could be the first Brookville Locomotive originally marketed as a Leathers' Mine Motor. Simply utilizing a Ford Ton truck chassis and modifying the running gear to run on the rails for industrial applications. The first experimental unit was actually built in 1917 utilizing a truck frame mounted to white oak fitted with flanged wheels. This experimental model was developed to replace mule surface haulage (Do the same work as 4 mules).
Originally hauling 50 tons per day then increased to 150 tons per day 2 years later.
 
(Sept 5, 1918 Coal Age)
 
1918-1920 Owned by L.A. Leathers
Small Ford Dealership in Brookville, Pa

1918

The EARLY YEARS
Brookville Truck and Tractor Co.
1918-1925

Brookville Truck and Tractor Co.

1922 Clay Products Catalog Ad
A similar ad can be found in a 1921 Mining Catalog

1925 Mining Catalog Ad
  • The 4 ton was model FCR
  • the 2-1/2 ton was model TC

1927 Road Builders' Catalog Directory
The Interesting detail to this publication is that it was listed as the Brookville Locomotive Company.

Brookville Locomotive Works Factory

The plant on Pickering Street was producing locomotives from 1942 to 1974.
Located next to the Redbank Creek this was completely underwater in 1996.

1942-1974

BREAKING NEWS !!

Our preservation team was fortunate to just receive a donation for a Cranberry Special Locomotive
Feb 2018. We are all extremely EXCITED !!

Brookville "Cranberry Special" Locomotive
1.5 Tons (1946-1949) 

The Brookville Locomotive Cranberry Special model was the smallest locomotive built by Brookville. A total of 16 were built from 1946 to 1949, interesting fact that 8 of the 16 units went to Massachusetts. They weighed approximately 1.5 Tons with a 24 inch track gauge with some having an option to go to 30 inch gauge.

The span of 1946-1949 saw a drastic surge in cranberry prices thus demanding new construction for cranberry bogs. These locomotives would transport the sand during the new construction in this "Bog Boom" time period.

Cranberry Special picture donated by: Mr. Andrew St. John

Image courtesy of the University of Massachusetts

Brookville Locomotive Works
1942-1974

BMD models were equipped with International Harvester Gas or Diesel motors

1960's Brookville Bulletin 1-101

BMD models were also equipped with Caterpillar Diesel Power

1960's Brookville Bulletin 200

In Our Motorbarn

Brookville Locomotive
Model: BMD
C/N 4807
8/1/1962
Mississippi Lime Co. 2007
Ste. Genevieve, Mo
BEFORE

Brookville Locomotive
Model: BMD
C/N 4807
8/1/1962
90th Anniversary Special
AFTER

Brookville Locomotive
Model: BMD
C/N 5801
8/16/1972
Mississippi Lime Co. 2007
Ste. Genevieve, Mo
BEFORE

Brookville Locomotive
Model: BMD
C/N 5801
8/16/1972
Restored
AFTER