Eureka & Palisade #4

Built in 1875 for the Eureka & Palisade Railroad in Nevada.  The railroad connected the mining town of Eureka with the Central Pacific Railroad in Palisade.

In 1896, the engine was sold to Sierra Nevada Wood and Lumber. They renumbered the engine to SNW&L #5.   In  1938, the company dissolved and the engine was sold to a scrap dealer.

Warner Brothers bought the engine in 1939 and it was used in numerous films, ending its Hollywood career in 1976 when it appeared in the Shootist.

Old Vegas, an amusement park in Henderson Nevada, purchased the engine and put it on display until 1985, when a burning building collapsed on the engine causing major damage.

A year later, the engine was purchased by Las Vegas couple, Dan and Ditty Markoff, who over a five year period had it restored to operating condition.   It returned to the rails at the California State Railroad Museum for Railfair 1991.   In 1994, it again appeared in a film, Ken Burns The West.  It seems to get out once or twice a year on narrow gauge railroads in the west.  Dan limits extensive use of the engine due to the number of original items, including its original boiler.  It is the oldest operating steam locomotive in the country.

The locomotive was listed as a structure on the National Register of Historic Places on January 12, 1995.

Builder: Baldwin
Serial Number: 3763
Build Date: 1875
Model: 8/18C
Configuration: 4-4-0
Drivers: 42 inch
Weight: 20 tons
Fuel: Wood
Pressure: 120 psi
Cylinders: 12 x 16 inch
Tractive Effort: 5595 ft lbs
Restored : 1991

I took these pics during Durango's Railfair 2011.


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