Roseville in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Southern Paciﬁc Railroad No. 2252 Steam Locomotive
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
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
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.)
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