Spokane, Portland & Seattle 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives

The Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway was owned jointly by the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern and was never permitted to build steam locomotives of its own design. Instead, it received most of its motive power used, as hand-me-downs from its parents, or as add-ons to one of its parents' orders. The SP&S operated twenty-six "Mikado" type locomotives which were all obtained second-hand. Eleven came from the NP and the other fifteen came from the GN. The first four to arrive were three from the GN which were given road numbers 500 through 502 and one from the NP which was numbered 525. These four locomotives were added to the SP&S roster in 1925. Over the next twenty-five years the other twenty-two arrived, with numbers 550 and 551 coming last in 1950.

There is one surviving SP&S 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotive. It is number 539, former NP number 1762 that was transferred to the SP&S. This locomotive was retired from the SP&S and is currently stored at Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, AZ.

Roster by Richard Duley

ClassQty.Road NumbersForm Other RRYear AcquiredYear BuiltBuilderNote
O-113500-512GN1925-19441913-1918Baldwin1
O-2 1525NP19251910ALCO2
O-310530-539NP1926-19441913-1917ALCO3
O-4 2550 & 551GN19501920Baldwin4
Notes:
  1. Came from the GN between 1925 and 1944 (Ex GN numbers 3026, 3028, 3029, 3099, 3039, 3043, 3023, 3024, 3064, 3121, 3122, 3108 & 3134 in that order). Numbers 507 & 509 scrapped in 1945. Numbers 500, 503, 504, 508, 510 &511 scrapped in 1949. Numbers 501, 505 & 506 scrapped in 1951. Number 502 scrapped in 1952. Number 512 sold in 1949.
  2. Came from the NP in 1925 (Ex NP number 1698). Number 525 scrapped in 1947.
  3. Came from the NP between 1926 and 1944 (Ex NP numbers 1765, 1704, 1727, 1744, 1747, 1701, 1726, 1723, 1751 and 1762 in that order). Numbers 531, 532 & 535 scrapped in 1953. Numbers 530, 533, 534 & 537 scrapped in 1954. Numbers 536 & 538 sold in 1957. Number 539 survives and is on display Battle Ground, WA.
  4. Came from the GN in 1950 (Ex GN numbers 3211 & 3214). Numbers 550 and 551 scrapped in 1953. Equipped with oil-carrying Vanderbilt tenders.

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