Southern Pacific 2472
gauge=4 ft 8½ in (1435 mm)
Baldwin Locomotive Works
February 7 1957
Golden Gate Railroad Museum
disposition=Serviceable at the
Niles Canyon Railway
April 15 1921
driversize=73 in diameter
cylindersize=25 in dia × 30 in stroke
Southern Pacific 2472 is a
4-6-2Pacific type steam locomotivebuilt by the Baldwin Locomotive Worksfor Southern Pacific Railroad(SP) in 1921. It had 4 leading wheels, 6 drivers, and 2 trailing wheels.
2472 and sister Pacific locomotives served the "Overland Route" from
Ogden, Utah, to Oakland, California. On November 30 1929, SP's Ogden shops added a feedwater heaterto the locomotive, which increased its overall weight to 300,000 lb. 2472 again underwent a rebuild at SP's Bayshore shops in Brisbane, California(San Mateo County), completed on November 26 1940, that increased its boiler pressure to 210 psi and its tractive effort to 45,850 lb.
After being replaced by the
4-8-2"Mountain" type locomotives, 2472 and all other Pacific locomotives were sent to work Sacramento- Oakland, Californiapassenger trains and San Francisco- San Jose, Californiacommute trains, along with occasional freight service. The locomotive's revenue service life ended in 1957 when steam locomotives were being replaced by diesel locomotives, and on April 10 1959, 2472 was donated to San Mateo County, which put 2472 on static display at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. [cite book| title=Pacific: 2472's Family Album| author=Johnsen, Kenneth G.| publisher=Interurban Press, Glendale, California| year=1990| id=ISBN 0-87046-092-7| pages=p 111| ] It remained there until 1976when a group of volunteers decided to restore the locomotive.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, 2472 pulled several excursions and
Caltrainspecials such as the "Trains for Tots," and even double-headed on an excursion with famed steam locomotive Southern Pacific 4449.
Southern Pacific 2472 recently received FRA-mandated boiler work at
Hunters PointNaval Base in San Francisco, the former site of the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, which was evicted from this location in 2006. The initial equipment move took place in February, 2006, although an extended lease on the shop building at the Point allowed work to continue on the 2472 until the following December. On December 31, 2006, SP 2472 and remaining pieces of GGRM rolling stock completed the relocation of the GGRM collection to the Niles Canyon Railwaylocated in Sunol, California, on the east side of San Francisco Bay.
The locomotive became serviceable as of February, 2008, and is now stored at the NCRy's Brightside Yard awaiting opportunities and other locations to operate. [cite news|title=Southern Pacific No. 2472 steams again after six years|url=http://www.trains.com/trn/default.aspx?c=a&id=3104|date=2008-02-22|accessdate=2008-02-27|work=Trains News Wire|publisher=
SP 2472 is one of three surviving Southern Pacific 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives.
* [http://www.tsgmultimedia.com/common/product_info.php?part_number=10110 2472 in Niles Canyon (DVD about the 2008 Memorial Day Weekend Excursion in Niles Canyon)]
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