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Old Chester, PA: Baldwin
Presidents | Other Employees | Company History | Recollections
Tank Shop, December 21, 1943 - courtesy of Bob Felix
Propeller Shop, March 8, 1951 - courtesy of Bob Felix
Welding Shop Product, July 15, 1944 - courtesy of Norman Carrigan
Baldwin Locomotive Works, May 14, 1943 - courtesy of Hagley Museum & Library, Wilmington, DE
Mike P., firstname.lastname@example.org, has a very informative site on
about the history of Baldwin and the demolition of most of the buildings which began in 1994.
Click here to visit his site.
|Presidents:||Matthias W. Baldwin, founder
Alba B. Johnson
Samuel M. Vauclain
Ralph Kelly (1949)
|Other Employees||Ashby, Edward
Sr. - 6
Carrigan, N. John
Krasowski, Ludwig A.
Machette, Howard - 4
Ramonat, George, in charge of the electrical generating plant until it closed. - 1
Smith, Andrew Vauclain - 5
Smith, James Leonard - 5
Williams, Clarence (c. 1950) - 8
|Company History:||Baldwin Locomotive Works was
established by Matthias W. Baldwin in 1831. Between that time and 1954, 75,000
locomotives were built. The Eddystone Plant was opened in 1906 and that year alone
2,500 locomotives were built. During the presidency of Alba B. Johnson and Samuel M.
Vauclain, Baldwin employed over 7000 people.
"My late father, Herbert L. Broadbelt, worked for BLW for nearly twenty years in the engineering department until the plant closed. When he left he was allowed to rescue the entire photographic collection and many other items. The negative collection is now in the Pa. railroad museum at Strasburg. Other items may be found at the Historical Society of Pa. and DeGolyer library in Tx. Some pictures of the plant including a few taken by my father were recently donated to HSP.
I forgot to mention that I have some Baldwin items left I have not yet sold or donated to institutions or sold to collectors. I have an ad on one or so free railroad websites, but if anyone asks about Baldwin items for sale you might refer them to me."
|Recollections:||"Not much has been written about BLH with regard to it's endeavors beyond locomotive building. They not only built locomotives but also manufactured turbines and
ship propellers. I saw that someone referred to the fact that BLH built
tanks during WWII. This is true, they
did." - 7
"My Mother, Ella Margaret Lemke (Peggy) worked for the Cramp, Brass & Iron Division of the Baldwin Locomotive works in Eddystone from 1939 to 1945. She started as a file clerk. Her first boss was Mr. Ashenfelter who advised her to go to Keystone Secretarial School. She then became his secretary and also filled in for the secretary of Mr. Nelson whenever necessary. Their office was moved out to the foundry where she became the private secretary for Mr. Bill Armstrong. The only other employee that she remembers working with is Vivian Fisher." - 3
"My grandfather, August Zimath, was a blacksmith at BLH sometime in the 30's, and
worked on the large wheels on the locomotive in the Franklin Institute. We're very proud
of that bit of family history."
Many thanks to the following for contributing information for this page:
1 - Fred Ramont, nephew, email@example.com
2 - Betsy Boyce Loth, granddaughter, GoTodo@aol.com
3 - Barbara Stafford, daughter, Bes46@yahoo.com
4 - Bonnie Stevens, daughter, BonJim@aol.com
5 - LeBaron Vauclain Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, son and grandson
6 - James Edward David Ashby, email@example.com, grandson of Edward J. Ashby, Sr.
7 - Bob Felix
8 - Iris Christensen Weingarten, granddaughter
9 - Gene "Zac" Zacniewski, grandson
If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about Baldwin Locomotive in Chester, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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This page last updated 10/18/05