Southern Pacific 1215

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Southern Pacific 1215
Southern Pacific 1215 display.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBaldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number39832
Build date1913
 • Whyte0-6-0
Gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver dia.52 in (1,321 mm)
Fuel typefuel oil
OperatorsSouthern Pacific Railroad
RetiredJuly 19, 1957
Current ownerCalifornia Trolley and Railroad Corporation
Dispositioncosmetically restored, on display Kelly Park, History Park, San Jose, CA

Southern Pacific 1215 is a preserved 0-6-0 switcher steam locomotive. It was built by Baldwin in 1913, and it was primarily used to switch rolling stock in rail yards, until it was removed from the Southern Pacific's active roster in 1957. It subsequently spent thirty-seven years on static display in Hanford, California until 1995, when it was removed from display while going through a few ownership changes. As of 2022, the locomotive is owned by the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, and No. 1215 is displayed in San Jose, California.


Southern Pacific No. 1215 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1913 as part of the Southern Pacific Railroad's (SP) S-10 class. It was originally assigned to the Dunsmuir rail yard near Mt Shasta. The locomotive was primarily used on the Western Division of the Southern Pacific Railroad, working from Oakland, Sacramento and Bakersfield. The locomotive finished its active career in San Francisco before being retired from service in 1957 and subsequently donated to Hanford, California for static display in a park in 1958.[1] The Feather River Railroad Society (FRRS) purchased the engine in 1995 and moved it to their Portola Railroad Museum. The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation (CTRC) acquired the locomotive from FRRS in 2004. The CTRC has cosmetically restored the locomotive and it is now on display at the History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA. After the Southern Pacific locomotive 2479's full restoration they'll consider a full working restoration for 1215. When the San Jose Steam Railroad Museum is completed the CTRC will display the locomotive at the museum.

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  1. ^ Diebert, Timothy S. & Strapac, Joseph A. (1987). Southern Pacific Company Steam Locomotive Compendium. Shade Tree Books. p. 124. ISBN 0-930742-12-5.

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