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Date: 01/09/17 03:47
A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With History!
Author: LoggerHogger

This crew is more than willing to pose for the camera in Stockton, California given the historic locomotive they have been assigned to operate.  Who could blame them?

The motive power they will be running today was first built by Baldwin in 1882 for the Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific as part of the Southern Railway System.  She was fist numbered #55 then changed to #555 and finally #589 on that railroad.

In 1905 she was told to the Boca & Loyalton RR and in 1916 was purchased by the Western Pacific when the B&L sold out to the WP.  She was twice rented to the Clover Valley Lumber Co. once in September 1923 and again in October 1924.

In her later years shw was assigned primarily to the Tidewater Southern.  It was not until 1947 she was finally stricken from the WP roster.  When she was scrapped in November 1949 she was the oldest locomotive on the WP system.

With a history of service like this, no wonder this crew is prould to run her and pose with her for photos.

Martin



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/17 04:00 by LoggerHogger.




Date: 01/09/17 09:40
Re: A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With Histo
Author: Railfan4Christ

She was a GP9 before there was a GP9. They certainly got their money's worth out of her.

Tom



Date: 01/09/17 10:20
Re: A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With Histo
Author: tomstp

That big headlight undersizes the boiler!



Date: 01/09/17 10:33
Re: A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With Histo
Author: zephyrus

One of my favorite WP engines.

Some interesting tidbits about 124...

- She was built to 5' gauge, thus being the only WP engine not built as standard gauge.
- The WP used her in construction service while she was owned by the B&L.
- Also used frequently on WP's Terminous Branch as well as the TS.
- In 1947, she received the tender from recently retired TS 1, leading some to believe she was owned by the Tidewater Southern.  
- When she was retired, she was the oldest WP engine existing and the last locomotive remaining that had been owned by the Boca and Loyalton.


Thanks for posting!

Z



Date: 01/10/17 14:52
Re: A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With Histo
Author: TomPlatten

Are those Fox trucks on the tender?



Date: 01/10/17 15:00
Re: A Proud Steam Crew In Front Of Their Engine Loaded With Histo
Author: LoggerHogger

TomPlatten Wrote:
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> Are those Fox trucks on the tender?

They appear to be a variation of Fox trucks.

Martin



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