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Roseville in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive

 
 
Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
1. Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive Marker
Inscription. In the early 1900s a decision by Southern Pacific Railroad to relocate the regional operations to this area helped turn a small town once known as Junction into the City of Roseville. Locomotive 2252 is a symbol of this history and of the social and economic impact of the railroad on Roseville.

This 2252 was manufactured by Crooks Locomotive & Machine Company of Patterson, New Jersey. In March 1897, as one of 38 identical T-1 class locomotives built that year. Only two, the 2252 and the 2248 located in Texas, remain.

A locomotive is traditionally classified by the wheel configuration. The SP 2252 is considered a 4-6-0 because the engine has 10 wheels consisting of four lead carry wheels, six large drive wheels, and no trailing carry wheels.

Originally numbered SP 1838, the engine became the 2252 when Southern Pacificís numbering system was changed in 1901. The locomotive was first used for freight services along the Donner Pass Line. On May 27, 1929, it was released and equipped to fight snow-shed, brush, and forest fires along the Donner Pass Route in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

After nearly three decades as a firefighting locomotive the 2252 was officially retired on February 27, 1956 and subsequently donated to Roseville through the efforts of the Roseville Junior Chamber of Commerce. On
Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
2. Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive and Marker
April 25, 1956, as part of the “Cinderama” celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Southern Pacificís relocation to Roseville, it was placed on display at the Placer County Fairgrounds.

In 2001, the Community Coalition for the Relocation of the 2252 was formed when a planned expansion at the Fairgrounds made it necessary to consider options for relocating the locomotive. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Coalition, Roseville Historical Society, City of Roseville, Placer County Fair Board of Directors and the community an agreement was reached to place the 2252 on permanent display at this site.

On October 13, 2004, after a ceremony that featured a “bon voyage” christening By Roseville City Officials and a train whistle salute by local students, the 70 ton locomotive was transported across the city. Today, the “Mighty 2252” steam locomotive stands as a vivid testament to Rosevilleís proud railroad heritage.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Southern Pacific Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.109′ N, 121° 16.908′ W. Marker is in Roseville, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Street and Vernon Street, on the right when traveling west on Atlantic Street. Click for map
Sponsor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
3. Sponsor Plaque
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Atlantic Street, Roseville CA 95678, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Hobbies Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eagles Hall (about 700 feet away); Rosevilleís First City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bank of Italy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); McRae Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chicago West Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Onyx Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Roseville Carnegie Library (approx. ľ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Roseville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Southern Pacific 2252. No.2252 remained in fire train service until the early 1950s, long after most other members of the T1 class had been scrapped. It was retired only after modern firefighting methods and diesel locomotives made the fire trains obsolete. Its role as a firefighter ensured its preservation, because at its retirement in February 1956. (Submitted on October 22, 2010.) 

2. The Relocation of Locomotive 2522. A Roseville community success story. (Submitted on October 22, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
4. Southern Pacific Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive
"Life Drift" Sculpture and Time Capsule image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 20, 2010
5. "Life Drift" Sculpture and Time Capsule
On June 15, 2000, the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2000 placed this sculpture, "Life Drift" and the Roseville Century time capsule. The time capsule will be opened at a Chamber of Commerce led ceremony every quarter century hereafter,
Special thanks to
Roseville Electric for constuction
and Capital Drum for the time capsule
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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