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Fitchburg Railroad Company [Steam Engine No. 55]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05235.04.01 Author/Creator: Fitchburg Railroad Company Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: 1893 ca. Pagination: 1 cyanotype ; 10.5 x 16.8 cm.

4-4-0 American class steam engine #55, Fitchburg. Inscription on verso "F.R.R.," also has partial watermark "<?>enoit New York." Identical to GLC05235.04.02 and GLC05235.04.03.

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