Color engraving of "The Tiger," built by M. W. Baldwin & Co. Locomotive Builders in Philadelphia, PA, in 1857.
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Baldwin Tiger, advertising the Baldwin company Locomotive builders.

Credit: Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia

Locomotive builders took tremendous pride in their "iron horses," as did the railroads that operated them. Early locomotives, each with its own name, were colorfully painted and decorated, and often assigned to specific engineers who further adorned them with special whistles, polished brass fittings, their own portraits, and other embellishments.

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