March 4, 2017 by 

This little 4-wheel electric locomotive only ran for two years, but it had a rich and colorful history. Created by electric railway pioneer Chas Vandepoele, it competed for local freight against the mighty steam locomotive….and won. The Derby Locomotive at the Shore Line Trolley Museum is a memorial to Charles Rufus Harte. Had he not recognized the historical significance of this machine, and been able to persuade his superiors to take action to preserve it, it would not exist today.

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