The Glenbrook

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The Glenbrook
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date 1875
Total produced 2
Configuration 2-6-0
Gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Locomotive weight 26 short tons (24 t; 23 long tons)
Fuel type Wood
Cylinders 2
Operator(s) 1875: Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Company
1899: Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company
1937: Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad
Number in class 2
Number(s) 1. Glenbrook
2. Tahoe
Current owner Nevada State Railroad Museum

Operational at the Nevada State Railroad Museum

The Glenbrook
The Glenbrook is located in Nevada
The Glenbrook
Location 600 N. Carson St., Carson City, Nevada
Coordinates 39°10′7″N 119°43′54″W / 39.16861°N 119.73167°W / 39.16861; -119.73167Coordinates: 39°10′7″N 119°43′54″W / 39.16861°N 119.73167°W / 39.16861; -119.73167
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1875
Architect Baldwin Locomotive Works
Architectural style Steam Locomotive
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 81000702[3]
Added to NRHP May 01, 1981

The Glenbrook is a 2-6-0, Mogul type, narrow gauge steam railway locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1875 for the Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Company's 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad.


The Glenbrook and its sister, #2, The Tahoe were built to haul cordwood and lumber from Glenbrook, Nevada on the east shore of Lake Tahoe to Spooner Summit, at the crest of the Carson Range. At the summit, the logs and lumber was put in a flume which carried it to the south end of Carson City. There it was loaded onto flatcars of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad which carried it to Virginia City for use in construction of the town, as mine props, and as boiler fuel.[1]

It is also probable that the locomotive was used on a second C&TL&F line, which ran south from Bijou, California, at the south end of the lake, about 7 miles (11 km) to Meyers, California. Logs carried by the Bijou line were rafted across the lake to Glenbrook.[1]

The area was fairly well logged out by 1890 and the Bliss family, the owners sold The Tahoe to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNG). In 1899, they took up the two lines and barged all of the equipment and rails to Tahoe City, California, on the northwest shore of the lake. From there they built a new railroad about 22 miles (35 km) to the Southern Pacific Railroad station at Truckee, California, just east of Donner Pass. The new line, the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation (LTR&T) carried freight and passengers and connected with the 169-foot (52 m) lake steamer SS Tahoe. The Bliss family sold the LTR&T to the Southern Pacific in 1926. The larger road immediately converted its new branch to standard gauge.[1]

The Bliss family had kept #1 out of the sale and stored it at Tahoe City until 1937 when they sold it to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge, which used it largely for parts for Tahoe. The NCNG shut down in 1942, but Hope Bliss convinced her family to buy the locomotive back from the NCNG and presented it to the Nevada State Railroad Museum where it is now undergoing major work.[1] It is expected to go back into service in May 2015.[4]

The Glenbrook was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming Locomotive No. 1Glenbrook". The Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Engine No. 5". Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Reno Gazette-Journal - After 88 years, 'The Glenbrook' locomotive lives