Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Santa Fe 2900 Baldwin-built class 4-8-4 from 1944

Number 2928 is seen as a passenger train helper over Cajon Pass in October 1952.

From SteamLocomotive.com :-

These 30 engines were built to the #3765 design (Locobase 236), but because of wartime restrictions some of the parts were heavier to offset the lack of high-tensile alloys. As a result of the substitutions, these locomotives became the heaviest passenger locomotives ever built. Wartime exigencies required that they haul freight until the war ended; then they were assigned to the Scout and the Grand Canyon Limited.

AT&SF drawings show slightly different EHS (5319 sq ft), weight on drivers (295,000 lb) and total engine weight (510,000 lb).

25 were scrapped in 1959. Six--2903, 2912-2913, 2925-2926--were saved for display (five) or "future use" (2925). In the last year of the 20th Century, 2926 would begin a long-delayed second career after standing as a static display in Albuquerque, New Mexico's Coronado Park since 1956. The New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, which had bought the 2926 in July 1999. began its restoration in 2000.

Over the next two decades and more, the NMSL&RS volunteers labored over the 2926, to expending more than 200,000 hours to restore the engine to operating condition. Hopes for 20-21 March 2020 "steam up and movement under power" collapsed as COVID 19-related restrictions shut down the effort for most of the year.

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an NSW 38 class at Aberdeen station with a passenger train in steam days

Likely to have originated in Newcastle NSW, taken from a nearby road bridge. Obviously a more important train is coming through at the platform. A new station, albeit a small one, has been built here recently.  No other information.