Kearny’s historical locomotive completed

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Robert Anderson completes restoration on Kearny underground locomotive.
John Hernandez | Copper Basin News

Copper Basin News

The renovation of the air locomotive in Kearny has finally been completed. Robert Anderson said he is still working on some detailing but the job is pretty much finished. The compressed air locomotive was built in 1925 by the H.K. Porter Company in Pittsburgh, Penn. The H.K. Porter Company built their first compressed air locomotive in 1890 to be used in an underground coal mine in Pennsylvania. Compressed air locomotives were safer to operate in underground mines as there was no need for a fire to burn coal which was dangerous especially in coal mines and there was no smoke exhaust which also was a danger to underground miners.

The 1925 Porter air locomotive was used by the Kennecott Copper Corporation in the original underground Ray Copper Mine. It was used to haul men, ore and supplies on underground rail lines. It was retired in 1955. Robert Anderson had finished most of the work two years ago but has been waiting for parts which were hard to find. Robert machined a lot of parts and did a lot of welding work. He even used a 105 year old drill press for some of the work. He was able to recreate a pressure gauge and found a headlight for the locomotive. He received the parts just before Pioneer Days and was able to complete the work. Bill Dunn got a piece of timber for him which was badly needed.

Robert said he got a lot of help with donations and the loaning of equipment and wanted to make sure everyone including the town of Kearny was recognized and thanked for their help. “It was a lot of work but it was worth it when people tell me it looks good,” said Robert. “I’m real happy the way it turned out.” You can see this remarkable restoration of this historical locomotive in downtown Kearny.

John Hernandez (174 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Redhawk Announces Closing of Joint Venture With Anglo American on Copper Creek Project

    November 26th, 2014
    by

    Vancouver, British Columbia- Redhawk Resources, Inc. (“Redhawk” or the “Company”) (TSX:RDK)(FRANKFURT:QF7) is pleased to provide an update with respect to […]


    Learn About ‘Desert Holes’ Saturday With Author Pinau Merlin

    November 26th, 2014
    by

    Anyone who hikes desert trails – or putters around their Gold Canyon or Apache Junction back yard – has pondered […]


    Work on SR 77 in Catalina, north of Tucson 

    November 26th, 2014
    by

    North and southbound SR 77 are reduced to one lane nightly, Monday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. […]


    Hambly K-8 names Students of the Week

    November 25th, 2014
    by

    Leonor Hambly K-8 School has announced its Students of the Week for the weeks of Nov.


  • Stories Just For You

    Ray’s Galka earns Honorable Mention recognition

    November 25th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Bearcats’ junior volleyball player Stormee Galka was named to the 2014 American Family Insurance Division V All-State team, earning Honorable Mention recognition.


    Celebrating Thanksgiving

    November 25th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News I was trying to come up with a different Thanksgiving story from those that I have done in the past.


    Local woman honored by town

    November 25th, 2014
    by

    Longtime Kearny resident Molly Fontes, pictured here with husband Luis, was honored by the Town of Kearny, for her many years of service to the town.


    Fill the Bowl event raises $1500 for Superior Food Bank

    November 25th, 2014
    by

    The Superior High School DECA club hosted the second annual Fill the Bowl soup and salad dinner fundraiser.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin