Dickson Manufacturing Company

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Dickson advertisement from the 1870s
1896 Company Bond Certificate

Dickson Manufacturing Company was a manufacturer of boilers, blowing engines and steam engines used in various industries but most known in railway steam locomotives. It was in founded in Scranton, Pennsylvania by Thomas Dickson in 1856.

The company maintained its main offices and shops on Penn Avenue in Scranton, a locomotive shop at the "Cliff Works" in Scranton, a shop in Wilkes-Barre, and an office in New York City.

In 1901 the company's locomotive division was merged with seven other manufacturing firms to form American Locomotive Company (ALCO). Whereas the rest of the company became part of Allis-Chalmers. Alco ceased locomotive production at the former Dickson works in 1909.

The former shops still stand, and are featured in the opening sequence of the television show "The Office," which is set in Scranton.

Preserved Dickson locomotives[edit]

The following locomotives (in serial number order) built by Dickson before the ALCO merger have been preserved.[1] All locations are in the United States unless stated otherwise.

The Dickson Manufacturing Company also designed and constructed steam powered mine cable hoists.

Serial numberWheel arrangement
(Whyte notation)
Build dateOperational owner(s)Disposition
10050-6-2TAugust 1898J. B. Levert #5Enterprise Plantation, Patoutville, Louisiana

This surviving locomotive, named "Stephanie", was restored to operating condition, in 1979 under a lease deal, by Winson George, of Brookhaven, MS.[2] He operated the locomotive in his backyard until his death in October 1993, at which time the locomotive was returned to its owners.

One notable change to the locomotive was the larger water tank on the extended frame.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sunshine Software, Steam Locomotive Information. Retrieved October 30, 2005.
  2. ^ personal knowledge