Home of the Stourbridge Lion Replica, The First Steam Locomotive To Run in America

December 29 2012

Press Release: Ab Rutherford as Horatio Allen


Ab Rutherford and the full size replica of the Stourbridge Lion on display at the Wayne County Historical Society.

"The Pride and the Lion" by Raymond State, British railroad historian. The book, available at the Wayne County Historical Society, tells the story, with considerable new information added to the well-known history, of the two locomotives that arrived in Honesdale in 1829.

The Friday, August 31, the Wayne County Historical Society's "Plain Speaking" talk is entitled "The Little Engines That Couldn't," and the popular speaker is Albert G. "Ab" Rutherford. Last year British railroad historian Ray State's book "The Pride and the Lion" told the story in detail of two of the four locomotives the D&H Canal Company imported from England in the Stourbridge Lion and one that many people have never heard of - the Pride of Newcastle. The Wayne County Historical Society was deeply involved in the research and publication of the book. Ab Rutherford, who was Mr. State's U. S. research assistant and correspondent, tells the inside story of how the book came into being. "Plain Speaking" talks are free from 5 to 6 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. For more information, call 570-253-3240.