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Waco, Beaumont, Trinity & Sabine (WBTL&S) No. 1 is the first item found just past the ticket office. She was rescued in a deplorable state from the WBTL&S yard in Trinity, TX; acquired in 1962 by the Moody Foundation; and displayed here on a simulated turntable. She is an oil-fired 2-6-2 (Prairie) configuration with 44 inch drive-wheels; built by Baldwin in 1920.
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The CB&Q used the first 2-6-2 tender locomotives in 1900 on the Midwestern prairies - thus the "Prairie" nickname in North American practice. Those were built by Brooks (became ALCO) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-6-2] However, McCloud River RR in No. Calif. ordered three in 1898 from Burnham, Williams - AKA Baldwin. [http://www.american-rails.com/prairie-type.html] More than a thousand were built, but their balancing issues caused wear on the locomotive and the track. The AT&SF found them satisfactory enough to be used in daily service, ordering 88 Prairies from Baldwin. [http://www.american-rails.com/prairie-type.html]
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Center for Transportation and Commerce No. 555 Built in 1922 (ALCO) she is a Consolidation-type 2-8-0 oil-fired steam locomotive that was originally Magma Arizona RR No. 5 and subsequently Oregon, Pacific & Eastern (their No. 5), from whom acquired in 1968. The first 2-8-0 was built by Matthias Baldwin in 1866 and the "Consolidation" nomenclature was in honor of the consolidation of several railroads into the Lehigh Valley RR, a major coal hauler. Behind her on track 3 are tank cars and cabooses.
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Weighing 96 Tons, , No. 555 pulled ore cars from the copper mines at Superior, Arizona, as Magma Engine No. 5 to the Magma Junction, AZ where loads interchanged with the Southern Pacific. She was one of the last steam locomotives in revenue service in the United States, and she starred in several television commercials and movies.
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Magma_5_Switching_in_SuperiorAZ_June_67xRP_-_Flickr_-_drewj1946 [source for photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magma-Arizona-Railroad]. From its inception into the early 20th century, the 2-8-0 design was considered the ultimate heavy freight locomotive. It's forte was starting and moving 'impressive loads at unimpressive speeds' and its versatility gave the type its longevity. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2-8-0]. The Consolidation became the principal hauler on most main lines, more were built than any other wheel arrangement: about 23,000 in the USA plus 12,000 for export. [http://www.steamlocomotive.com/consolidation/]
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