Thomas Rogers (locomotive builder)

Thomas Rogers (1792 – 1856) was an American mechanical engineer and founder of Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works of Paterson, New Jersey.[1] Fellow locomotive designer and builder, Zerah Colburn said that "Thomas Rogers maybe fairly said to have done more for the modern American locomotive than any of his contemporaries."[2]

Thomas Rogers
Died1856 (aged 6364)
OccupationMechanical engineer and businessman
Known forFounder of Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works


Thomas Rogers was born in Groton, Connecticut, in 1792. He was the son of Jason Rogers who died on August 25, 1868.[3] Before moving to Paterson in 1812,[1] he studied carpentry and blacksmithing. In 1832 he partnered with Morris Ketchum and Jasper Grosvenor to form Rogers, Ketchum and Grosvenor, building agricultural and textile machinery as well as springs, axles and other small parts for the first railroads of America.

In 1837 Rogers built his first locomotive, Sandusky,[1] which became the first locomotive to operate in Ohio.[4][5]

See also


  • White, John H. Jr. (Spring 1986). "America's Most Noteworthy Railroaders". Railroad History. 154: 9–15. ISSN 0090-7847. JSTOR 43523785. OCLC 1785797.
  • White, John H. Jr. (1968). A history of the American locomotive; its development: 1830–1880. New York, NY: Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-23818-0.
  1. "Few Praise". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. July 11, 1901. p. 8 via
  2. Walker, Herbert T. (May 8, 1897). "The Evolution of the American Locomotive - part 3". Scientific American. Retrieved 2005-10-05.
  3. "Charge Against Trustees". Baltimore Sun. September 22, 1897. p. 7 via
  4. "The Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad". Mad River and NKP Railroad Museum. 2002–2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  5. Schreiner, A. (February 6, 1930). "The Herald's Mailbag: Early Railroad History". The Dayton Herald. Dayton, OH. p. 28 via

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