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 Post subject: What is the Oldest, Regularly Operating Locomotive in the US
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 1:40 am 
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Just for fun, but what are the oldest regularly operating steam locomotives out there? For me, the Rio Grande Southern 41 comes to mind as the oldest regularly operating engine as Knott's pretty much runs her most of the time and she rolled out of the shop in 1881. 340 would fit too but it's been down so much recently and has been erratic since last year with her cylinder problems. The Fred Gurley probably gets around the most of the old engines seeing as how with 3 trains at the park, she runs at least a good portion of the month but is several years younger than 340 or 41 being built in 1894. There are several museum engines like the Glenbrook in Nevada and the Eureka and Palisade #4 but those run fairly infrequently. The Tuolumne at Roaring Camp from 1899 but she's been relegated to a back up engine as of late.

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Define "regularly."

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 Post subject: Re: What is the Oldest, Regularly Operating Locomotive in the US
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Steve DeGaetano wrote:
Define "regularly."


I guess at least a few times a month.

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I'm going with 41 and 340.

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 Post subject: Re: What is the Oldest, Regularly Operating Locomotive in the US
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Original boiler or replacement? I'd have to say the engines at Knott's. 464 was built in 1903. Maud/Ward Kimball in 1902 but on what I believe to be her third or fourth boiler. Our Vulcans were built in 22 and 23 with new boilers in 90 and 92.


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Original boiler or replacement? I'd have to say the engines at Knott's. 464 was built in 1903. Maud/Ward Kimball in 1902 but on what I believe to be her third or fourth boiler. Our Vulcans were built in 22 and 23 with new boilers in 90 and 92.


I think the 340 and 464 were definitely overhauled by the DRGW at some point (not sure if 41 was before she went to the RG. I think definitely replacement boilers, I don't think any of the engines that are still running today and are that old still have their original boilers. Not to mention there are only a handful of railroads that run steam on a regular basis year round. I think RGS 41 wins as it pretty much operates seven days a week during peak season and still holds fort on the weekends during the off season when the Goose can't handle crowds.

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Not the oldest but the Heisler (Engine #2, Tuolumne) at Roaring Camp was built in 1899 and still operates regularly... Their Baldwin plantation locomotive (Engine #3, Kahuku) was built in 1890 and is operational but only runs a few times a year.


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Not the oldest but the Heisler (Engine #2, Tuolumne) at Roaring Camp was built in 1899 and still operates regularly... Their Baldwin plantation locomotive (Engine #3, Kahuku) was built in 1890 and is operational but only runs a few times a year.


Has the Tuolumne been running more frequently? I was under the impression that it was only a back up to the Dixiana and Sonora when they are out of service. I've only seen Tuolumne once under steam and that was during the 50th Anniversary of Roaring Camp when she was on display with Kahuku and Sonora while the Dixiana handled the trains on the mountain.

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my guess would be the Fred Gurley, but who knows???


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 Post subject: Re: What is the Oldest, Regularly Operating Locomotive in the US
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my guess would be the Fred Gurley, but who knows???


DRR Engine 3 isn't even the oldest operating steam locomotive in Orange County. The Ghost Town and Calico RR's two Baldwin C-19s were both built in in 1881 while DRR Engine 3 was built in 1894.

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