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 Pacific’s 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
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 Roseville’s proud railroad heritage.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Southern Pacific Railroad series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1861.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Atlantic Street, Roseville CA 95678, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The SPMW 7221 (SPMW 221) Rotary Snow Plow (within shouting distance of this marker); Garbolino Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad Hobbies Building (about 600 feet away); Eagles Hall (about 700 feet away); Barker Hotel (about 800 feet away); Roseville’s First City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farlow Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bank of Italy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseville.
Also see . . . 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,669 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 22, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.