Ken Middlebrook Wrote:
> After being initially assigned a Dunsmuir
> switcher, SP 1215 spent most of her active career
> on the Western Division. About 1950, she was
> briefly assigned to Tucson before returning to
> California as spending her last active years in
> San Francisco.
> To my knowledge, she only passed through Sparks
> twice...both on trucks traveling on hwy 395.
> First, her relocation from Hanford to Portola and
> second her trip from Portola to San Jose.
For anyone interested, a FRRS Train Sheet
from 1996 has a couple articles about acquiring 1215.
One by David D. talks about the move. Here is an excerpt:
An inspection team (David Dewey and Hank Stiles) was sent to the
park in June of 1995 to determine if it might be restorable.
They removed the cylinder heads, boiler plugs and opened
the smokebox door. The cylinders were in excellent condition.
The areas of the boiler that could be inspected looked
sound. The running gear appeared to be in good condition
Our "Locomotive Rescue Crew" was formed with the
task of preparing the locomotive for movement so
the bearing surfaces wouldn't be damaged by cleaning, derusting,
and lubricating all the moving surfaces. We had six people
Clyde Lippincott, Ken Iverson, Ken Hitch, Dr. Peter Lyman,
Norm Holmes, Doug Morgan, and David Dewey; each lent
valuable experience to the group. A large assortment of tools,
greases, cleaning supplies, and anything else we thought
might be useful was loaded into Clyde's trailer and Norm's
The team left on September 17, and spent the following
four days cleaning, sanding, polishing, and lubricating the
engine. Our first Job was to dig out the engine; it had settled
about 6 inches over the years! Norm cleaned and oiled all the
tender axles. Mike Rypczynski (park caretaker), and Joe
Singh (Parks Superintendent), helped by supplying tractors
and a crew to remove the concrete steps and curbing. Clyde
Lippincott and Ken Iverson worked to free the tender from
the steps. When the steps were removed, the tender sunk
another inch! Peter was busy lubricating the side rods,
a difficult job without the special grease gun originally used on
steam engines. Doug and David spent the days under the locomotive
preparing the axle bearings.
The one by Norm has some dates:
"Information from Tom Moungovan has the 1215 assigned to the Sacramento Division from 1937 to 1949, then on the Tucson Division until 6-30-54 and on the Coast Division until 8-31-57."
PDF doc: https://www.wplives.org/train_sheet_archive/pdf/ts081.pdf