In 1937, the Sierra Railway was sold to the new Sierra Railroad Company, and the debts of the original company were settled. In 1955, the railroad made the switch from steam to diesel power, but retained the steam locomotives for movie and television work.
In 1971, the Sierra Railroad opened "Rail Town 1897" as a tourist attraction with its vintage steam locomotives and facilities. In 1979, The Crocker Association, which was the sole owner of the railroad at that time, closed Rail Town and put both the Sierra Railroad and the Jamestown complex with equipment up for sale separately.
In 1980, the Sierra Railroad was sold to Silverfoot Inc., and in 1982 the California Department of Parks and Recreation purchased the Jamestown facilities and reopened the site as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. In 1995, Silverfoot resold the operation to the Sierra Pacific Coast Railway, which merged with the Yolo Shortline Railway in 2003.
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.
Data from Baldwin Locomotive Works Specification for Engines as digitized by the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University Volume 76, p.418+. Works number was 58679 in September 1925.If the smaller Prairies and Consolidations that traveled from Eddystone to Jamestown, Calif were headed for the light track, this Mikado was destined for the heavier (56 lb/yard, 28 kg/metre) rail of the main line. Maximum grades were still 4%, but the curves had a somewhat less demanding maximum curve of 30 degrees. Like the 28 (Locobase 14333), the 34 went into storage in 1955 as the Sierra replaced its steamers with diesels. In 1962, the railroad sold the 34 to Reed Hatch to run on Arizona's White Mountain Scenic Railroad. It later returned to the Sierra Railroad and ran for several years before it was placed in storage.
|Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media|
|Number in Class||1|
|Locomotive Length and Weight|
|Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)||13.50 / 4.11|
|Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)||28.75 / 8.76|
|Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase||0.47|
|Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)||56.83 / 17.32|
|Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)|
|Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)||140,000 / 63,503|
|Engine Weight (lbs / kg)||174,000 / 78,925|
|Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)||114,000 / 51,710|
|Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)||288,000 / 130,635|
|Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)||5000 / 18.94|
|Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)||2500 / 9.50|
|Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)||58 / 29|
|Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort|
|Driver Diameter (in / mm)||46 / 1168|
|Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)||190 / 13.10|
|High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)||19" x 26" / 483x660|
|Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)||32,953 / 14947.25|
|Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort)||4.25|
|Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)||150 / 13.94|
|Grate Area (sq ft / m2)||37.70 / 3.50|
|Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||2195 / 203.92|
|Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)||489 / 45.43|
|Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)||2684 / 249.35|
|Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume||257.26|
|Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)|
|Robert LeMassena's Power Computation||7163|
|Same as above plus superheater percentage||8452|
|Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area||33,630|