Southern Pacific 1744

2022 Restoration Work

Update 02/27/2022
Work at Brightside is centered on running gear repairs.

The Strasburg rivets arrived in early December and Stockton Locomotive Works wasted no time getting the mud ring rivets installed in the boiler. The firebox sheet installation and riveting is 98% complete as of the end of 2021.

Update 03/29/2022
Our drivers were taken to the California State Railroad Museum and their wonderful shop for turning.  We contracted with Stockon Locomotive Works for the work, using the CSRM wheel lathe.

Shirley Burman sent these fantastic Richard Steinheimer photographs of the 1744 being repaired in the Sacramento Shops in November of 1956.  The 1744 appears to be getting running gear work as while it is difficult to see in the photograph, the #3 axle is out from under the locomotive in the first photo.  Sitting next to the 1744 is SP1258, an 0-6-0 switcher undergoing boiler work.  The 1258 is currently on display in Martinez, Ca.  

Here are Dick's words, taken from the envelope of the shop negatives.
"It was near the end of a century of SP steam power when I took a trip to Roseville and Sacramento shops.  Lines of dead engines stood at Roseville and the shops were filled with nearly dead steam power at Sacramento.  Only the shop switcher was in steam, though shopmen worked on the steam power as they had for a century.  Good shop scenes inside.  November 1956."   Stein

We are lucky Mr. Steinheimer took these pictures in the shop that day as who would have known that both the #1744 and #1258 would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.  The SPH&TS book on the Sacramento Shops mentions that while steam locomotives were being stricken from the roster, work was ongoing in Sacramento in preparation for an expected traffic surge in 1958 (the expected surge never happened).  The SP #1744 most likely was used on the Southern Pacific end of steam fantrip in 1960 because she was repaired and then stored in Sacramento making her an available small enough locomotive to operate a train down the Walnut Grove Branch. 

Please help us with restoration of the SP1744.

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