Monday, August 01, 2005

Question: Information on a locomotive - Schenectady - 2012

From: "Paul Daniels"

... I recently saw a photo of a rather curious Central Pacific consolidation. It was apparently an enlargement of a builder's photo, and the locomotive pictured was named " Schenectady ", and numbered 2012, evidentally having been built by the locomotive works of that name. It had a fairly large boiler, rather small ( 57" ? ) drivers, a steel cab, a single stage air compressor on the left side about 2 or 3 ' ahead of the cab, and arch bar trucks under the tender. The roster which I have goes back to 1900, and does not list this locomotive, at least not by that name or number.

Based on what I have described, my best guess would be that it was built sometime in the 1890's.

Could you help me with info. regarding date of manufacture, and any subsequent renumberings or rebuildings?

—Bob Daniels


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

It is pretty hard to say much of anything without access to the image.

The CP acquired a Schenectady-built 12-wheeler between 1891 and 1901, and there was a Cooke-built 10-wheeler with that number in the 1901 number scheme. No locomotive were being given names that late.

What makes you think it was a Central Pacific locomotive?


8/01/2005 9:50 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Central Pacific #2012 was a 4-8-0 built by Schenectady in 1895.
22x26 cylinders, 55" drivers.

It was renumbered #2902 in 1901 and sold to a Mexican subsidiary in 1907.
It was ultimately scrapped in 1939 as Southern Pacific de Mexico #453.

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum
111 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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8/01/2005 9:54 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Paul Daniels"

It said Central Pacific on the tender, with the name Schenectady on the cab.

... Evidentally I missed something in the picture - it was indeed a 4-8-0.

—Bob Daniels

8/02/2005 8:10 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Wendell Huffman"

I think you have a match then with the 2012 Kyle told you about. ...


8/02/2005 2:53 PM  

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