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Steam Engines

Alco 1918 Southern Pacific 975
Alco 1918
Southern Pacific 975
Description:2-10-2 Santa Fe

Equipment Information

Southern Pacific 975 is a heavy freight engine and one of only five American 2-10-2 engines preserved intact. This wheel arrangement was popular around World War I but was later supplanted by 2-8-4 and 2-10-4 engines that were faster and more powerful. While 2-10-2s were called “Santa Fe” types, the SP – a rival to the Santa Fe Railroad – called its 2-10-2s “Decks” despite the fact that “Decapod” typically refers to a 2-10-0. SP 975 was displayed in Beaumont, Texas for several decades until IRM acquired it to prevent the engine from being scrapped.

Builder: American Locomotive Company
Year Built: 1918
Builder Number: 57978
Wheel Arrangement: 2-10-2
Length: 94ft 10in
Width: 10ft 5in
Height: 15ft 8in
Weight: 397500 lbs
Brakes: 6ET
Tractive Effort: 63300
Cylinders: 27.5×32
Boiler Pressure: 200 psi
Drivers: 64in
Description: Class F-1
Arrived: 1995
Condition: Complete / cosmetically restored / not operational