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A Treasured Southern Pacific Locomotive “First” Preserved (editor’s title)

Southern Pacific steam locomotive no. 1, the "C.P. Huntington," on display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.
The Southern Pacific’s first steam locomotive, named the “C. P. Huntington” in honor of one California’s four leading railroad developers, holds a place of honor at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, New Jersey, built it in 1863 for the Central Pacific, which assigned it the number “3.” It was shipped around Cape Horn and arrived in California in 1864 for use in building the first transcontinental railroad. The Southern Pacific acquired it from the Central Pacific in 1871 as its first locomotive, renumbering it “1.” SP used it for many years as a corporate ambassador and in 1964 donated it to the State of California. It is the only surviving standard gauge 4-2-0 locomotive in the United States. The wheel arrangement was popular for early locomotives, but larger, more powerful designs quickly supplanted it. It is an outstanding example of preservation by both a railroad and government.
Source Scott Lothes, Corvallis, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Sacramento, California; Temporal, March 14, 2010
Rights Scott Lothes
Date Created 2010-03-14
Resource Type
Extent 12.8 megapixel RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location Sacramento, California
Equipment, Locomotive 4-2-0 no. 1, "C.P. Huntington"
Builder, locomotive Danforth, Cooke & Company, 1863
Creator Description Scott Lothes grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, and has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years as the assistant editor of an engineering magazine, and then spent two years living, traveling, and teaching English in Asia. He won the 2003 Trains magazine photography contest and was co-winner of the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Award. Lothes has been studying railroads in literature for several years, and hopes to continue those studies in graduate school.
Collection Scott Lothes Collection
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