Portland Company

Portland Company building 6 in November 2016

The Portland Company was established 10 November 1846 by John A. Poor and Norris Locomotive Works engineer Septimus Norris as a locomotive foundry to build railroad equipment for the adjacent Portland terminus of the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad connection between Portland, Maine and Montreal.[1] The shops opened for business in October, 1847.[2] Its first locomotive, the Augusta, emerged from the shops in July 1848 for delivery to the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth (later part of the Boston and Maine Railroad). Over the next several decades, the Company produced in its Fore Street facilities over 600 steam locomotives as well as 160 merchant and naval vessels, railcars, construction equipment, Knox automobiles, and the like. Portland Company built the engines of the civil war side-wheel gunboats Agawam and Pontoosuc.[3] Taking into account its other products, the Company could lay claim to being one of the leading medium-to-heavy steel manufacturers in New England. The company ceased production in 1978.

Presently, according to The Portland Company Complex website, the site has become a marine-oriented complex with a small marina, several marine as well as other office tenants and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum.

5'6"-gauge locomotives for the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad

Coos was the 14th locomotive built by Portland Company
Works number Date Type Weight Drivers Cylinders A&StL# Name GTR #
2 September 1848 4-4-0 23 tons 60" 15x22 1 Montreal 101
5 30 December 1848 4-4-0 23 tons 60" 15x22 2 Machigonne 102
6 24 February 1849 4-4-0 22 tons 60" 15x22 3 (1st) Oxford 103
8 16 May 1849 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 14x20 4 William P. Preble 104
13 30 December 1949 4-4-0 22 tons 66" 15x20 5 Waterville 105
14 1 February 1850 4-4-0 22 tons 66" 15x20 6 Coos 106
18 1850 4-4-0 25 tons 60" 15x20 26 Jenny Lind
19 January 1851 4-4-0 22 tons 60" 15x20 7 Felton 107
20 June 1851 4-4-0 24 tons 54" 17x22 8 Railway King 108
28 December 1851 4-4-0 22 tons 60" 14x20 9 Casco 109
29 January 1852 4-4-0 22 tons 66" 15x20 10 Forest City 110
30 March 1852 4-4-0 20 tons 60" 13x20 11 Danville 111
31 1852 4-4-0 23 tons 60" 13x20 27 Consuelo
32 May 1852 4-4-0 22 tons 60" 14x22 12 Falmouth 112
36 11 November 1852 4-4-0 22 tons 60" 15x20 13 Daniel Webster 113
40 January 1853 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 16x22 14 Cumberland 114
41 April 1853 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 16x22 17 Norway 117
42 27 January 1853 4-4-0 21 tons 66" 14x22 15 Nulhegan 115
43 11 April 1853 4-4-0 23 tons 72" 15x22 16 Paris 116
44 24 June 1853 4-4-0 23 tons 66" 15x22 20 Gloucester 120
45 23 May 1853 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 15x22 18 Yarmouth 118
46 June 1853 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 15x22 19 Amonoosuc 119
48 20 September 1853 4-4-0 24 tons 60" 16x22 21 Vermont 121
49 16 November 1853 4-4-0 22 tons 72" 14x22 22 Gorham 122
56 1 December 1853 4-4-0 23 tons 72" 15x22 23 J.S.Little 123
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