I am sure there are some 9 inch gauge trains out there but I have yet to find one. This particular loco was never ran on tracks, no wear marks whatsoever on its solid brass or bronze drivers. The locomotive has scribe marks where parts were supposed to be added and a driver arm is not fully machined. One if its cylinders is severely rusted which indicates that at least it has been tested. Apparently after some testing, it was taken apart for repairs but was simply put away wet. The damage is more noticeable on the outside of the cylinder than on the inside, also indicating it lay in a pool of water. One can only guess what happened to the locomotive and its builder. Previous owner acquired the train in this condition. He then dry stored it for the next 30 plus years.
From one source I did get a name of the possible builder and that he only made 3 locomotives like this one. I will not include names of source or builder because I cannot confirm this information. I will just post what I was told. Supposedly the gentleman built locomotives for amusement parks in the late 19th century into the early 20th century. He passed away in 1905 so the train is at least that old? One of the three locomotives was spotted in Florida many years ago but no current contact information is available. I am hoping that the images provided in this site can help to locate the other model for comparison. It would be amazing to get any information that sheds more light on this fantastic model.