SP&S Class A2

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SP&S class A-2[1]
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date June, 1887
Specifications
Configuration 0-6-0
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 50 in (1,270 mm)
Locomotive weight 71,550 lb (32,450 kg)
Fuel type Oil
Boiler pressure 135 psi (0.93 MPa)
Cylinders 2
Cylinder size 16 in × 24 in (410 mm × 610 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort 13,578 lbf (60.40 kN)
Career
Operator(s) Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway
Class A-2
Number(s) 6
Locale United States
Disposition Sold to St. Helens Terminal and Dock on June 30, 1931

SP&S Class A-2 Switch Locomotives. Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway No. 6 was the only locomotive in Class A-2. Purchased from the Northern Pacific for A. B. Hammond's Astoria and Columbia River Railway, Number 6 came to the SP&S secondhand. She was used as a switch locomotive until 1931 when she was sold to the St Helens Terminal and Dock Co. at St. Helens Oregon

Background[edit]

The Astoria and Columbia River (A&CR) ran from Astoria Oregon to Goble Oregon, where the A&CR met the Northern Pacific. In 1907 the NP Purchased the A&CR to be a feeder line for the new Spokane Portland & Seattle Ry.[2] To help the new feeder line handle increasing freight traffic, an NP Switcher was sold to the A&CR on August 7, 1907.[3] The SP&S took over the A&CR and on February 24, 1911, obtaining all A&CR locomotives.[4] The former A&CR Switch Locomotive number 1 became SP&S number 6.

Construction History[edit]

Number 6 was built for the Northern Pacific by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1887. Her builders number was 8617.[5]

Operational History[edit]

SP&S Number 6 continued with switching duties at Astoria, Oregon. On June 30, 1931 SP&S Number 6 was sold to the St. Helens Terminal and Dock Company.

Numbering[edit]

Originally numbered NP 386, and then NP 988[6] the A&CR numbered NP 988 as A&CR Number 1. The SP&S renumbered A&CR 1 to SP&S Number 6.

Disposal[edit]

SP&S Number 6 was sold to St. Helens Terminal & Dock Co (StHT&D Co). Grande Claims that Number 6 then "Blew up and was scrapped".[7] However he gives no dates for this. Gaertner only states that when the SP&S bought the St.HT&D Co in 1933 that an SP&S locomotive (SP&S 201) had to be brought in.[8]

Discrepancies[edit]

Gaertner and Grande differ on several dates. Grande gives a build date of 1897. He also states that the date SP&S No. 6 was sold to the StHT&D Co was 1921.[9] Gartner gives dates of 1887 and 1931.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 206, WSU Press, 1990
  2. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 136, WSU Press, 1990
  3. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 137, WSU Press, 1990
  4. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 138, WSU Press, 1990
  5. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 206, WSU Press, 1990
  6. ^ Grande, Walt: "The Northwest's Own Railway Vol 1", Page 277, Grande Press, 1992
  7. ^ Grande, Walt: "The Northwest's Own Railway Vol 1", Page 277, Grande Press, 1992
  8. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 143, WSU Press, 1990
  9. ^ Grande, Walt: "The Northwest's Own Railway Vol 1", Page 277, Grande Press, 1992
  10. ^ Gartner, John T: "North Bank Road, The Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway", Page 206, WSU Press, 1990

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