Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Southern Paciﬁc Engine #2914
This locomotive, among the largest and most powerful on the Southern Pacific Railroad system, supported the growth and development of the San Joaquin Valley and the West.
Engine #2914, called a 4-8-0 because of its wheel configuration, is characteristic of the type of locomotive used in freight service by railroads in the early 1900s. Built by the Schenectady Locomotive Works, 4-8-0 locomotives pulled well for their size, yet were easy to operate.
As the years passed they were extensively upgraded and modernized until the efficiency of diesel-powered locomotives made them obsoleteBuilt in 1898, this locomotive arrived in Bakersfield in 1901 and served the local area until 1955. Originally a coal burner, it was soon converted to burning oil.
The engine hauled freight over the Tehachapi Mountains, on the McKittrick, Sunset, and Oil City Branches of the railroad and was utilized in the Southern Pacific yard in East Bakersfield. The Southern Pacific Railroad donated Engine #2914 in 1955.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.531′ N, 119° 1.272′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bena Depot (a few steps from this marker); Santa Fe Caboose #1323 (a few steps from this marker); Southern Pacific Railroad Jail (a few steps from this marker); Gazebo (within shouting distance of this marker); Joss House (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Scale House and Telephone Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . . Kern County Museum - Southern Pacific Engine #2914. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays a photo. (Submitted on December 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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