Website owned and operated by the:
Rail City Historical Museum
162 Stanley Drive
Sandy Creek, NY 13145
Robert J Groman, Owner/Curator

The Solvay Process Company

The Jamesville Quarry was located a few miles southeast of the city of Syracuse, NY in the town of Jamesville, NY. It was owned by the The Solvay Process Company, a Division of Allied Chemical. The quarry started operation in 1909 and used steam operated Manhattan engines. In 1923 the company introduced saddle tank "Dinky" locomotives to haul stone from their quarry. Rather than towing a separate tender with coal and water, water for the locomotive was carried in a tank 'saddled' over the boiler owing to the name "saddle tank." Coal was carried in a small compartment in the rear of the locomotive.
On April 15, 1954, after 45 years of steam operation, the Jamesville Quarry converted from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives. Dr. Groman purchased 13 of steam locomotives from the Solvay Process Company. All locomotives were of the saddled tank type save one - No. 25, a 60 ton 0-6-0 Alco, with a slope-back tender.

"The first steam-operating railroad museum in the U.S.A."

Browning Steam Crane No. 3 in operation at Solvay Process in 1954. [Photo by Stanley Groman, RCHM Photo Collection]