Fairmont Railway Motors

In 1909 Frank E. Wade founded Fairmont Railway Motors of Fairmont, Minnesota (Fairmont Gas Engine and Railway Motor Car Company in 1915), was a manufacturer of rail vehicles formed from the Fairmont Machine Company.[1] In 1928 the company acquired Mudge and Company[1] and in 1955, the railcar interests of the Fairbanks-Morse company (which had purchased the Sheffield company in the 1920s).[2] Fairmont merged with Harsco Corporation in 1979 to become part of Harsco Track Technologies (Harsco Rail in 2009).[1] Fairmont products included:

  • internal combustion engines such as the PHB and QB[3] models
  • maintenance of way vehicles such as speeders, small derrick cars,
  • small shipping vehicles such as combination platform cars, etc.
Fairmont Railway Motors
Industryrail transport
Founded1909 (1909) in Fairmont, Minnesota, United States
FounderFrank E. Wade
Defunct1979 (1979)
SuccessorHarsco Track Technologies
Productsrailway speeders
Fairmont MT-14 speeder in February 2004
External media
image icon platform car at the Denver Federal Center museum
image icon image of plant buildings
video icon Wooden motorcar with 2-stroke engine


  1. ^ a b c Fairmont's Industrial Revolution (PDF) (Report). Fairmont city website. n.d. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  2. ^ "About NARCOA: Fairbanks-Morse". NARCOA.
  3. ^ "Fairmont Railway Engine Questions" (bulletin board posting). SmokStak.com. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2011-12-01.

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