The AP&G's 0-4-0 Camelback

The AP&G's 0-4-0 Camelback

Given my love of early railroads, quirkly shortlines, and logging locomotives, I suppose it's to be expected that Camelbacks (or Mother Hubbards, as they are sometimes known) should be one of my favorite kinds of mortive power. I bought this 0-4-0 about 15 years after buying my Reading 8a 0-6-0.

I long thought that such locomotives were pretty rare, but Edwin P. Alexander's Down at the Depot (1970) has quite a few photographs of Camelbacks on the rails from from Pennsylvania up to New England, though some of them don't have the heavy, massive feel of this Reading loco.