Sierra 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

The Sierra Railway was incorporated in 1897, and a 41-mile right-of-way was completed between Oakdale, CA and Jamestown CA in late1897. The line was extended to Sonora, CA in 1899 and to Tuolumne City, CA in 1900. A 19-mile branch to Angels Camp was completed in 1902, and other temporary branches were built to haul construction materials for the Stanislaus River and Tuolumne River dams. The 57.4 miles of this short line railroad connected with the Union Pacific and the Santa Fe at Oakdale, CA.

There are two surviving Sierra 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives. They are numbers 34 and 36. Number 34 is on display at Fred Kepner, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, CA. Number 36 is owned by Fred Kepner, who has this locomotive in storage in Merrill, OR.


ClassQty.Road NumbersYear BuiltBuilderNotes
  1. Preserved and on display at Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown, CA.
  2. Preserved and in storage in Merrill, OR
Specifications by Richard Duley
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