STATE OF NEW JERSEY
PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION
Assemblyman JOSEPH R. MALONE, III
District 30 (Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean)
Designates "John Bull" as NJ State steam locomotive.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel
An Act designating the "John Bull" as the New Jersey State steam locomotive.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Legislature finds that:
a. The steam locomotive "John Bull" was shipped disassembled from Liverpool, England to Bordentown, New Jersey arriving on September 4, 1831 and was assembled by Isaac Dripps, who later became a respected locomotive mechanical officer, as well as a partner in the Trenton Locomotive Works.
b. On November 12, 1831, the "John Bull" pulled several cars containing members of the New Jersey State Legislature up and down a short length of track to convince the distinguished passengers of the utility of steam railway transport.
c. From 1833 to the late 1840s, the "John Bull" was employed in regular service, first between South Amboy and Bordentown and later between South Amboy and Camden.
d. Although at nearly 15 feet long and 7 feet wide, it was small compared to the larger and more powerful steam locomotives that were to follow in the years to come, however, during the 1830s, the "John Bull" was a model for similar engines built by the Camden and Amboy Railroad and Transportation Company of Hoboken, New Jersey.
e. Considered an antique by 1858, the "John Bull" was very likely the first engine to be set aside as a historic relic in the United States and its importance as such is measured by the fact that it was renovated for and exhibited at the Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia in 1876 and later moved to the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. where it remains to this day.
f. To recognize the importance of this steam locomotive to the history of transportation in this State, it is fitting and proper to designate the "John Bull" as the New Jersey State steam locomotive.
2. The "John Bull" is designated as the New Jersey State steam locomotive.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill designates the "John Bull" as the New Jersey State steam locomotive.