Southern Pacific 9

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Nevada-California-Oregon 9
Southern Pacific 9
Southern Pacific Engine 9.jpg
SP (ex NCO) #9 on display at Laws, Nevada
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderBaldwin Locomotive Works
Serial number34035
Model10-26 D 258
Build dateNovember 1909
 • Whyte4-6-0
 • UIC2′C
Gauge3 ft (914 mm)
Driver dia.44 in (1.118 m)
Loco weight88,000 pounds (40 t)
Boiler pressure180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)
CylindersTwo, outside
Cylinder size16 in × 20 in (406 mm × 508 mm)
Performance figures
Tractive effort15,825 lbf (70.39 kN)
OperatorsNevada–California–Oregon Railway
Southern Pacific Company
DispositionDisplay: Laws, California

Southern Pacific #9 is a 4-6-0 oil-fired narrow gauge steam locomotive, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in November 1909.

It was originally built for the Nevada–California–Oregon Railway and was sold to Southern Pacific in the late 1920s. The engine worked the rest of its career on the SP narrow gauge. The locomotive, along with sisters #8 and #18, were nicknamed "The Slim Princess" for riding along the western and eastern deserts of Nevada and California.

The narrow gauge 4-6-0 weighed 88,000 pounds (40 t) when empty.

In 1954, there was a plan to purchase a new narrow gauge diesel from GE as SP #1, to replace numbers #9, #8 and #18. Whilst #8 and #18 were sold off, #9 was kept on as a standby locomotive to support diesel locomotive #1 in case of a breakdown.

The engine and the two others, #8 and #18, survived into preservation. Southern Pacific #9 is now on display at the Laws Railroad Museum in Laws, California.

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