McCloud River 2-8-2 No. 19
 
Specifications  
Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works - Philadelphia, PA
Built: April 1915
Serial No:  #42000
Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-2 Mikado
Driver Diameter: 48"
Cylinder Bore x Stroke 20" x 28"
Boiler Pressure: 175 psi
Pulling Power: 36,680 lbs. tractive effort
Weight: 90 tons (engine) 55 tons (tender)
Length: 57' 3" (wheelbase only)
Fuel: Oil (converted from coal)
Status: Non-operational
 

A 1915 product of the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, this superheated 2-8-2 was constructed as No.4 for the Caddo & Choctaw logging railroad in Arkansas, a subsidiary of the Caddo River Lumber Company. It was the 42,000th locomotive built by Baldwin, and was rolled out of the shop on April 9th wearing a coat of olive green paint on its wheels, tender, domes, pilot and cab (with mineral red-painted roof). This handsome 90-ton 2-8-2 had a planished iron boiler jacket, black smoke box and firebox, and was decorated with gold lettering and striping. Its cab sides carried the name R.L. Rowan for Rufus Lee Rowan, an engineer on the Caddo & Choctaw (who, remarkably, had another steam locomotive named for him, C&C 70-ton No.10, which was constructed by Baldwin during July 1922).

 

The C&C No.4 was subsequently sold during 1920 to the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company, where it worked out of Pachuca, Mexico, a silver mining region northeast of Mexico City. The R.L. Rowan was repainted black and re-lettered for the Cia de Real del Monte y Pachuca as its No.105. Around the time that the engine was sent to Mexico, it was apparently converted to burn oil instead of coal, this conversion happening perhaps prior to leaving Arkansas. After a four-year career in Mexico, No.105 was sold in 1924 to the McCloud River RR in northern California, which renumbered the 2-8-2 as its No.19. This 2-8-2 worked in regular service at McCloud until purchased by the Yreka Western three decades later. While owned by YW, No.19 was leased to the Oregon, Pacific & Eastern for summertime excursion service. During No.19’s hiatus in Oregon, the 2-8-2 appeared in the 1972 feature film, The Emperor of the North, and in the 1986 movie, Stand By Me.

 

Returned during 1988 to the Yreka Western, No.19 was overhauled and used in intermittent excursion service on YW until freight operations and summertime passenger excursions dwindled, and ceased altogether during 2008. As a valuable financial asset, the 2-8-2 was caught-up in a series of lawsuits, and stored at Yreka until the 2016 sheriff’s sale. That legal action permitted No.19’s title to be cleared, creditors paid and a new owner (Jerry Jacobson) secured. Interestingly, among Jacobson’s other locomotives safely stabled indoors at his Age of Steam Roundhouse is another former McCloud River Railroad old-timer, 2-6-2 No.9 built by Baldwin during 1901.

 
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