The C-25 family gallery.

The C-25 was an example of a "catalogue design", or standard model, from Baldwin.  It was of the 10-E class, indicating a Consolidation type with a separate tender.  (These engines might be narrow- or standard-gauge.)  Consequently, though the C-25 has been scrapped, there are a good number of photographs of it and similar engines, as well as a number of surviving engines of the same class.

Narrow-gauge engines of this type went primarily to short-line railroads like the Crystal River, or to industrial railroads.  In the 1880s, Baldwin built hundreds of locomotives for the Denver & Rio Grande, East Broad Top and other narrow-gauge "mainline" railroads.  But by the time these engines were produced, the "narrow gauge fever" had faded, and Baldwin's narrow-gauge business had transformed dramatically.  Cuba and Brazil were Baldwin's largest narrow-gauge customers in the early 1900s, and the engines produced went to industrial railroads -- sugar mills, mines and quarries, and the like.  The few narrow gauge engines still ordered in North America were likewise destined for shortline and industrial use, for the most part.

Below, some of the family members:

FC Nacional de Mexico No. 187
FC Nacional de Mexico No. 187 (BLW Class 10-30-E, built 1921)
is virtually identical to the C-25.

Photo: Baldwin 10-E class.  1915 catalogue.
10-E class example from 1915 Baldwin catalogue
(click on image for larger view)
US Potash no. 3
US Potash No. 3, Carlsbad N.M.
(survives in essentially original condition in Pomona, Calif.)
Shannon-Arizona Mining No. 1
Shannon-Arizona Mining No. 1, Arizona
Quincy & Torch Lake Mining No. 6
Quincy & Torch Lake Mining No. 6, Michigan
(survives -- barely -- at Allaire State Park,NJ)

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Updated on 23 October, 2001.