were called the "Little Giants" and over 500 were in service at the
turn of the century hauling both freight and passengers. Prior to
elevated railways, surface railcars were drawn byhorses. Steam powered
engines on the elevated railways lasted only a few years as they were
replaced by the new electric powered engines.
engines were sold to buyers all over the world for mining, lumber,
plantations and for short-haul freight and passengers. FORNEYs hauled
both freight and passengers in the Denver area. Denver, Lakewood and
Golden Railwayand the Denver Circle Railway were the most widely known.
Nace Forney (March 28, 1835 – January 14, 1908) was an American steam
locomotive designer and builder. He is most well known for the design
of the Forney type locomotive. One example of a Forney 0-4-4T
locomotive built in 1902 by Baldwin Locomotive Works has been restored
for daily operations on the Disneyland Railroad in Anaheim, California,
as the railroad's number 5, Ward Kimball.
was born March 28, 1835 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He apprenticed with
another prominent locomotive builder, Ross Winans, before joining the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) as a draftsman in 1855. He left
the B&O in 1858, then worked for the Illinois Central Railroad from
about 1861 to 1864. In that position, he patented an 0-4-4T locomotive
that was the first of the "Forney" types of locomotives, characterized
by the truck (US) or bogie (UK) under the coal bunker/water tank. In
1865 Forney changed employers again, this time to the Hinkley
Locomotive Works, where he stayed until 1870. At that time, he started
working as an associate editor for Railroad Gazette and quickly earned
a reputation as an expert in steam locomotive theory.
was a founding member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
and he participated heavily in other engineering organizations such as
the Master Car Builders Association.
was the author of the book "Catechism of the Locomotive", first
published in 1874. This work is recognized as the seminal authority on
steam locomotive construction in the late 19th century.
J.D. Forney, founder of Forney Industries and the Forney Museum of Transportation, was Matthais Forney's second cousin.