Hetch Hetchy 6
|Hetch Hetchy 6|
Hetch Hetchy Engine No. 6 after restoration
|Type and origin|
|Builder||Lima Locomotive Works|
|Configuration||Three truck Shay|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Driver diameter||36 in (914 mm)|
|Weight on drivers||167,200 lb (76 t)|
|Locomotive and tender
|167,200 lb (76 t)|
|Fuel capacity||1,800 US gal (6,814 l)|
|Water capacity||3,500 US gal (13,249 l)|
|Boiler||50 in (1,270 mm)|
|Cylinder size||13.5 in × 15. in (343 mm × 381 mm)|
|Tractive effort||35,100 lbf (156 kN)|
|Operator(s)||1921-26:Hetch Hetchy Railroad
1926-1958: Pickering Lumber Corp.
|Current owner||El Portal Transportation Museum|
Hetch Hetchy Railroad Engine No.6
|Location||CA 140, El Portal, California|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Lima Locomotive Co.|
|Architectural style||3T Shay Locomotive|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|NRHP Reference #||78000360 |
|Added to NRHP||January 30, 1978|
Although it operated as a common carrier, the Hetch Hetchy Railroad was built by the City of San Francisco to build the O'Shaughnessy Dam across Hetch Hetchy Valley as part of the city's water supply. The dam was completed in 1923 and the railroad scaled back operations, selling some of its equipment, including #6, which was sold to Pickering Lumber Corporation in Standard, California. The locomotive served Pickering's logging operations until 1958 when it was retired.
The railroad operated four Shays at different times. Number 6 was by far the largest, the only three truck Shay of the lot and weighing more than twice as much as the others.
It is in a small collection of railroad equipment owned by the National Park Service near El Portal, California. Number 6 was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as Hetch Hetchy Railroad Engine No.6.
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