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Erie Railroad Operating Department


Rules of the Operating Department
As of November 1, 1908

One of many interesting documents available from Jon Lile's website.



Honor Engines and the Order of the Red Spot
The Erie established two programs around 1910 aimed at recognizing engineers and firemen who operated their engines efficiently, and thereby instilling pride among the rank and file. The first program honored engineers of long and reliable service by painting their names in gold on the cab sides of the engines to which they were regularly assigned. These "Knights of the Gilded Name" responded to the honor by obsessing over their engines, spending hours after their runs in cleaning and polishing their charges. These "Honor Engines" became well known among railroaders and the general public alike.

A second program, the Order of the Red Spot, was not limited to enginemen of long experience, rather it focused on how efficently engines were operated over the road. Criteria such as coal usage and engine breakdowns were looked at when deciding which engines would have the number plate on the front of the smokebox painted red: the Red Spot. Engineers and firemen could belong to the Order, and the Erie published monthly lists or Order recipients in the Erie Magazine.

The following table is a partial list of engineers who were honored by the former program:

ERIE HONOR ENGINE RECIPIENTS


ENGINE NBR ENGINE CLASS ENGINEER DIVISION WHEEL ARRANGEMENT YEAR ANNCD. ERIE MAG PAGE
9 D-11 C.C. Marean NYS&W 4-4-0 1913 539
23 F-25 Philip T. Nixon NYS&W 2-6-0 1913 717
52 F-27 John C. Sullivan Wilkes Barre & Eastern 2-6-0 1913 343
359 G-1 James J. Salley Rochester 4-6-0 1912 439
401 F-1 Frank Hebe Tioga 2-6-0 1919 478
402 F-1 William A. Hughes Tioga 2-6-0 1927 4
478 D-10 E.H. Brayton Rochester 4-4-0 1916 271
506 E-1 William R. Benedict Buffalo 4-4-2 1911 147
509 E-1 Michael F. Fritz Delaware 4-4-2 1915 9
514 E-1 William A. Johnson Northern RR of NJ 4-4-2 1916 652
516 E-1 Charles N. Watts Buffalo 4-4-2 1918 304
520 E-1 Thomas C. Clark Allegheny 4-4-2 1912 339
551 E-3 Briney O'Connor Marion 4-4-2 1927 6
555 E-3 William A. Walker Kent 4-4-2 1919 478
555 E-3 William A. Walker Kent 4-4-2 1927 6
556 E-3 Barney Walsh New York 4-4-2 1916 652
715 H-7 J.F. Bruner Meadville 2-8-0 1911 728
725 H-6 Briney O'Connor Chicago & Erie 2-8-0 1913 666
732 H-6 Samuel Cochran Meadville, 3rd District 2-8-0 1919 478
793 G-3 Harry W. Smith N.Y. & Greenwood Lake 4-6-0 1915 227
824 G-1 Calvin Voorhis N.J. & N.Y. 4-6-0 1919 478
831 G-1 T. Duffy New York 4-6-0 1916 652
854 G-10 J.M. Dando Cincinnati 4-6-0 1911
887 G-8 Charles E. Carroll Wyoming 4-6-0 1919 478
918 G-12 Frank M. Farrell N.Y. & Greenwood Lake 4-6-0 1919 478
955 G-15 Otto Miller Northern RR of NJ 4-6-0 1923 48
959 G-15 Frank M. Ferrell N.Y. & Greenwood Lake 4-6-0 1927 6
963 G-14 Calvin Voorhis N.J. & N.Y. 4-6-0 1927 6
964 G-14 Dennis J. O'Brien Northern RR of NJ 4-6-0 1927 6
968 G-14 Samuel W. Evans New York 4-6-0 1913 17
970 G-14 Harvey Springstead New York 4-6-0 1911 666
1172 H-2 F.J. Conlon Cincinnati 2-8-0 1915 226
1767 H-21 William O'Laughlin Chicago & Erie 2-8-0 1915 225
1286 H-8 William C. Dunn Niles & Lisbon Branch 2-8-0 1930 28
1836 H-22 William C. Dunn Mahoning 2-8-0 1927 4
2074 H-21 Allan McDonnell Buffalo & Southwestern 2-8-0 1927 4
2512 K-1 W.S. Carpenter Delaware 4-6-2 1912 339
2517 K-1 Alex Larkin Mahoning 4-6-2 1911 12
2521 K-1 John Carter Buffalo 4-6-2 1927 6
2527 K-1 George H. Scanlon New York 4-6-2 1919 478
2531 K-1 Harvey Springstead New York 4-6-2 1927 6
2535 K-1 Richard M. Shane Mahoning 4-6-2 1919 478
2543 K-1 William R. Martin Allegheny 4-6-2 1912 207
2560 K-1 John Wonderly Chicago & Erie 4-6-2 1919 478
2561 K-1 James E. Cooney New York 4-6-2 1927 6
2564 K-1 John Haire Susquehanna 4-6-2 1919 478
2565 K-1 Joseph Hammond Susquehanna 4-6-2 1911 204
2709 K-4 W.R. Shade Cincinnati 4-6-2 1919 478
2901 K-2 N.W. Wellman Delaware 4-6-2 1919 478
2905 K-1 Sidney Luckey Delaware 4-6-2 1927 6
2912 K-2a John Cronenwett Kent, 1st District 4-6-2 1919 478
2913 K-2a William R. Shade Cincinnati 4-6-2 1919 478
4000 R-1 W.C. Hayes Kent 2-10-2 1915 141


Notes:
List compiled by Richard Palmer, to be updated as more information becomes available.
*A locomotive was named for an engineer, No. 5014, "Matt H. Shay," Class P-1, 2-8-8-2, but not under the Order of the Red Spot program.
A locomotive called "Erie Engineers" built by Cooke in 1893 for a World's Fair Exhibit. It was purchased by the Erie Railroad in 1896 and numbered 499, Class D-13 and named "E.B. Thomas," President of the Erie. The intent was to preserve it but it was scrapped in April, 1934 in Meadville.
Sources for the Order of the Red Spot Honors Locomotive list include:
Erie Railroad Employe Magazine
Erie Railroad Internet Employee Archives compiled by James Sponholz All-time Locomotive Roster of the Erie Railroad, Railroad History No. 131, Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (1974)
Westing, Frederick “Erie Power” Published by Alvin F. Staufer, 1970
Engine Knights of the Gilded Name - New York Herald, July 21, 1912
“Honoring Erie Engineers” The Citizen, Honesdale, Pa., Jauary 28, 1913





The E.B. Thomas, also known as the Erie Engineers engine, as it was paid for by subscription by the railroad's locomotive engineers.




Stereo View of Engine 73, contributed by Richard Palmer


POTUS Specials
Imagine the details that go into a special movement such as a train carrying the President of the United States over the road. In 1905, the Erie was involved in moving President Teddy Roosevelt around the Northeast on the "Chautauqua Special". The link below is to a story by Richard Palmer which describes the special and the careful preparation that made it possible..

POTUS train operations, August 10, 1905.




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