Santa Fe 5

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Santa Fe #5
LittleButtercup 1981.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBaldwin Locomotive Works
Build date1899
 • Whyte0-4-0
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia.51 in (1.295 m)
Fuel typeCoal
Boiler pressure160 lbf/in2 (1.10 MPa)
Cylinder size25 in × 30 in (635 mm × 762 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort16,965 lbf (75.46 kN)
OperatorsAtchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
NicknamesLittle Buttercup
Current ownerCalifornia Trolley and Railroad Corporation
DispositionOn display at the Kelley Park Trolley Barn

Santa Fe No. 5 (formerly No. 2419) is an 0-4-0 steam locomotive originally owned and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[1] The locomotive currently is on display at Kelley Park in the Trolley Barn at the History Park. Originally a saddle tank locomotive, it was rebuilt to a western look for the 1948 Chicago Railroad Fair[2] and was renamed "Little Buttercup" after a character in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore.

Preservation and restoration[edit]

Little Buttercup is currently[when?] statically preserved in the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation Trolley Barn at the Kelly Park History Park, San Jose, CA. Volunteers have been polishing the brass and cleaning the little locomotive. It is viewable by the public when the Trolley Barn is open for visitors.


  1. ^ "Informational Plate". California Trolley & Railroad Corporation.
  2. ^ "Little buttercup at the 1948 Chicago Rail Fair". Richard Leonard's Rail Archive.