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Title [Engine 18, Staten Island Rapid Transit]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1910s-1920s
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on beige cardboard mount. Side view of a steam locomotive with attached tender that appears to be filled with coal. Two men in uniform stand inside the cab, looking toward the camera. A one-story building is partially visible behind the engine at right, and other buildings are visible at far left. A sign is partially visible behind the tender: "[RA]ILROAD." The number "18" is inscribed on lanterns mounted on the front and rear of the engine, and inscription "S.I.R.T." is on the side of the tender. Handwritten inscription in pencil on reverse: "B&O / Corner Harbor Rd. / Ernest Butts right in cab. / #18 soon after purchase / original condition".
(Keywords: Staten Island Rapid Transit, New York City, Twentieth Century)
Print size 5.875 x 7.750
Acquisition Gift of Dorothy DeHart
Ownership and History The man standing at right in the cab of the locomotive is identified in the inscription as Ernest Butts.

Ernest Butts (1872-1953), the son of Mary (Haughwout) and Alonzo Butts, lived his entire life in the family home at 219 Union Avenue, Mariners Harbor, Staten Island. He worked for many years as an engineer in the freight service for Staten Island Rapid Transit, retiring around 1938. His obituary noted that he was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers.
Earliest Date 1905
Latest Date 1925
Subjects Railroad locomotives
Railroad employees
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Butts, Ernest Wilson
Catalog Number 59.005.0014
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Great Kills Woman's Club, June 2017.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.