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2022 steam locomotive list spring update

By Jim Wrinn, Trains Editor | February 23, 2022

Jim Wrinn offers up the complete list of operating steam in the U.S. as of the close of 2021

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photo of black steam locomotive pulling a short freight, Spring 2022 steam locomotive list
2022 steam locomotive list spring update: photo of black steam locomotive pulling a short freight, Spring 2022 steam locomotive list
Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 154 performs during a 2011 photo charter. The engine returned to steam in late 2021. Jim Wrinn photograph

2022 steam locomotive list spring update: It’s time for the active steam list update. Since we debuted the list last fall, we’ve gotten great feedback, updates, and added to the list.

New to the list is Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 154 at the East Tennessee tourist carrier, Three Rivers Rambler, a part of Gulf & Ohio Railways. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based locomotive has quite the history. It was built in 1890 by Schenectady and was on display in the city for years until its restoration in 2010. It got a full 1,472-day inspection this time, as well.

Now for a quick look ahead to restorations we’re anticipating.

Testing on Reading & Northern’s Reading Co. 4-8-4 No. 2102 should begin in March. Having missed the T-1s on the American Freedom Train and the Chessie Steam Special and elsewhere, I’m super excited to see this one return. R&N has scheduled a series of trips with the T-hog in the spring and fall, and we’ll look forward to this landmark locomotive.

In wild, wonderful West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad is wrapping up a 1,472-day inspection and repairs to the last Shay built, Western Maryland No. 6. The massive 162-ton brute of a Shay will be back out in 2022 pulling trains up and down the mountains above Cass. A fixture at the railroad since 1981, this super Shay will soon be back in service at the nation’s unofficial operating museum of geared steam.

Speaking of Cass, the railroad announced that it will be building a new boiler for Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 4, which came home in 2015. The 1926 Baldwin last operated at N.C. Transportation Museum in 2001. It will be the featured power on the Cass-Durbin line whose restoration is nearing a close. The railroad needs the fan community’s support to complete the project. For details and how to help, see www.steamthe4.com. As one who has stoked No. 4’s boiler and pulled its throttle (when it ran at N.C. Transportation Museum as No. 604, 1987-2001), I wholeheartedly endorse this project. Bring back Old Slobberface!

Speaking of rebuilds we’d like to see, the two-state commission that oversees the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has approved rebuilding a K-37 Mikado, either No. 492 or 497. No. 497 last ran in 2002, No. 492 in the 1960s. It would be great to see either one climbing Cumbres Pass.

Remember, to qualify for the active steam list, a steam locomotive of 2-foot gauge and up must run in a public venue at least one day each year. The locomotives listed here should have had some sort of prior life in regular service. Replicas of historical significance are recognized.

 

Here’s the list.

Trains’ 2022 steam locomotive list, spring update

Total: 154

Methodology:
•Locomotives of 2-foot gauge and up.
•Must run in a public venue at least 1 day per year or be capable of doing so.
•Must have had some sort of prior life in regular freight or passenger service before preservation or be a replica of national significance.

Alabama – 0

Alaska – 2
•Alaska Railroad 0-4-0T No. 1 coal narrow 1899
•White Pass & Yukon 2-8-2 No. 73 oil narrow 1947

Arkansas – 0

Arizona – 1
•Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-2 No. 4960 oil standard 1923

California steam locomotive list – 19

•Disneyland Railroad No. 3 2-4-4T (Baldwin 1894)
•Disneyland Railroad No. 4 2-4-0 (Baldwin 1925)
•Disneyland Railroad No. 5 2-4-4T (Baldwin 1902)
•Eastern California Museum’s Southern Pacific 4-6-0 No. 18 oil narrow 1911
•Knott’s Berry Farm 2-8-0 No. 340 oil narrow 1899
•Niles Canyon Railway’s Clover Valley 2-6-6-2T No. 4 oil standard 1924
•Niles Canyon Railway 2-4-4-2 “Skookum” No. 7 oil standard 1909
•Niles Canyon Railway’s Robert Dollar 2-6-2T No. 3 oil standard 1927
•Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad/Stathi Pappas 0-4-0T No. 2 oil standard 1909
•Poway Midland 0-4-0 No. 3 oil standard 1907
•San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society’s ATSF 4-8-4 No. 3751 oil standard 1927
•Sierra Railway 2-8-0 No. 28 oil standard 1922 oil standard
Roaring Camp & Big Trees 0-4-2T No. 1 oil narrow
•Roaring Camp & Big Trees 2-truck Heisler Tuolomie oil narrow
•Roaring Camp & Big Trees 2-Truck Shay Dixiana oil narrrow
•Roots of Motive Power 2 Truck Heisler No. 1 oil standard
•Roots of Motive Power 2-6-2T No. 1 oil standard
•Yosemite Sugar Pine three truck Shay No. 10 oil narrow
•Yosemite Sugar Pine three truck Shay No. 15 oil narrow

2022 steam locomotive list spring update: Small steam locomotive with freight car in high-plains scenery
Colorado Railroad Museum’s Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 No. 20 performs for photographers during a Trains Magazine photo charter on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in September. Jim Wrinn photograph

Colorado steam locomotive list – 16

•Cripple Creek & Victor 0-4-4-0 No. 1 coal narrow
•Cripple Creek & Victor 0-4-0T No. 2 coal narrow
•Cripple Creek & Victor 0-4-0 No. 3 coal narrow
•Colorado Railroad Museum’s Rio Grande 2-8-2 No. 491 coal narrow
•Colorado Railroad Museum’s Rio Grande 2-8-0 No. 346 coal narrow
•Colorado Railroad Museum’s Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 No. 20 coal narrow
•Durango & Silverton 2-8-2s Nos. 473, 476, 480, 481, 486, 493 //// 2 coal 4 oil narrow
•Durango Railroad Historical Society’s Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-8-0 No. 315/425 coal narrow
•Georgetown Loop 2-8-0 No. 40 oil narrow
•Georgetown Loop 2-8-0 No. 111 oil narrow
•South Park Rail Society 2-6-2 No. 4 oil narrow

Connecticut — 3
•Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Hawaii Railway 2-4-2 No. 5
•Valley Railroad 2-8-2s Nos. 40 and 3025 coal standard

Delaware – 1
•Wilmington & Western 0-6-0 No. 58 coal standard

Florida – 1
•U.S. Sugar 4-6-2 No. 148 oil standard 1920s

Georgia – 1
•Georgia Museum of Agriculture 0-4-0T No. 2

Hawaii – 2
•Grove Farm Museum 2-4-0T “Paulo” (Hohenzollern, 1887) and 0-6-2T “Wainiha” (Baldwin, 1915)

Illinois -2
•Illinois Railway Museum’s Frisco 2-10-0 No. 1630 coal standard
•Illinois Railway Museum’s J. Neils Lumber 3-truck Shay No. 5 coal standard

Indiana – 5
•Hesston Steam Museum 2-6-0 No. 2 coal standard
•Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society’s Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 coal standard 1944
•Gramling Locomotive Works’ Jeddo Coal 0-4-0T No. 85 coal standard
•Gramling Locomotive Works’ Lehigh Coal 0-6-0T No. 126 coal standard
•Privately-owned Bock Lumber Co. 0-4-4T No. 1 at Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum standard

Iowa -3
•Iowa Interstate 2-10-2 No. 6988
•Midwest Central 2-6-0 No. 6
•Midwest Central’s Westside Lumber Co. 3-truck Shay No. 9 oil narrow

Kansas – 1
•Abilene & Smokey Valley Railroad’s Santa Fe 4-6-2 No. 3415 oil standard

Kentucky – 0

Louisiana – 0

Maine – 4
•Boothbay Railway Museum 0-4-0T No. 6 (Henschel 1934)
•Wiscassett Waterville & Farmington 0-4-4T No. 9
•Maine Narrow Gauge Museum B&SR No. 7
•Maine Narrow Gauge’s Monson 0-4-4T No. 3

Maryland – 1
•Western Maryland Scenic 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 coal standard 1949

Massachusetts – 1
•Edaville 0-4-0 No. 11

Black locomotive with heavyweight passenger cars passing station building
Little River 4-6-2 No. 110, the world’s smallest standard gauge Pacific type, departs from Coldwater, Mich., in October in celebration of its 110th birthday. Jim Wrinn photograph

Michigan – 7
•Buckley Old Engine Show’s Army 0-4-0T
•Henry Ford’s 0-6-4T No. 3 Torch Lake (oldest operating locomotive in U.S. 1873)
•Henry Ford’s Detroit & Lima Northern 4-4-0 No. 7
•Huckleberry Railroad 4-6-0 No. 2
Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225 coal standard 1940s
•Little River 0-4-0T No. 1
•Little River 4-6-2 No. 110 coal/wood standard 1911

Minnesota – 4
•Lake Region Steam Threshers 0-4-0T No. 2
•Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 No. 261 coal standard 1944
•Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Soo Line 0-6-0 No. 353
•Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s 0-4-0 No. 3

Missouri – 4

•Silver Dollar City 0-4-0T No. 14
•Silver Dollar City 0-4-0T No. 43
•Silver Dollar City 0-4-0T No. 76
•Silver Dollar City 0-4-0 No. 504

Mississippi – 0

Montana -0

Nebraska – 1
•Henry Doorly Zoo’s 30-inch Austrian 0-6-2T

Nevada – 7
•Dan Markoff’s Eureka & Palisade 4-4-0 No. 4 wood narrow
•Nevada Northern 2-8-0 No. 81 coal standard 1917
•Nevada Northern 2-8-0 No. 93 coal standard 1909
•Nevada State Railroad Museum 4-6-0 Glenbrook
•Nevada State Railroad Museum’s Virginia & Truckee 4-4-0 No. 22 Inyo
•Nevada State Railroad Museum’s Virginia & Truckee 4-6-0 No. 25
•Virginia & Truckee 2-8-0 No. 29 oil standard

New Hampshire – 4
•Conway Scenic 0-6-0 No. 7420 coal standard
•Mount Washington Cog 0-4-4-0 Nos. 2, 6 & 9

New Jersey – 2
•Black River & Western 2-8-0 No. 60 coal standard
•SMS 0-6-0 No. 9 coal standard

New Mexico — 7
•New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s ATSF 4-8-4 No. 2926 oil standard 1940s
•Cumbres & Toltec Scenic 2-8-2s Nos. 463, 484, 487, 488, 489 //4 coal 1 oil narrow 1920s
•Cumbres & Toltec’s Denver & Rio Grande 4-6-0 No. 168 coal narrow

New York – 1
•Scott Symans American Viscose 0-4-0T No. 6

North Carolina – 3
•Great Smoky Mountains Railway 2-8-0 No. 1702 oil standard 1940s
•Tweetsie 4-6-0 No. 12 coal narrow
•Tweetsie 2-8-2 No. 190 coal narrow

North Dakota – 0

Oklahoma – 0

Steam locomotive with passenger car and gondola for riders in field with trees in background.
Santa Fe 4-6-2 No. 3415 ambles along former Rock Island trackage near Abilene, Kansas, in July 2021. Jim Wrinn photograph

Ohio – 7

•Cedar Point & Lake Erie No. 1 2-4-0
•Cedar Point & Lake Erie No. 4 2-4-0
•Cedar Point & Lake Erie No. 5 2-4-0
•Cedar Point & Lake Erie No. 22 2-4-0
•Hocking Valley 0-6-0 No. 3 coal standard
•Age of Steam’s Morehead & North Fork 0-6-0 No. 12 coal standard
•Youngstown Steel Heritage 0-4-0T No. 58 coal narrow

Oregon – 8

•City of Prineville’s Mount Emily 3-truck Shay No. 1 oil standard
•Oregon Coast Scenic’s Craig Mountain Lumber 2-truck Heisler No. 3 oil standard
•Oregon Coast Scenic’s McCloud River Railway 2-6-2 No. 25 oil standard
•Oregon Coast Scenic’s Polson 2-8-2 No. 2 oil standard
•Albany & Eastern’s Santa Maria Valley 2-6-2 No. 205 oil standard 1920s
•Sumpter Valley 2-8-2 No. 19 oil narrow
•Sumpter Valley’s W.H. Eccles 2-truck Heisler No. 3 wood narrow
vOregon Railroad Heritage’s Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449 oil standard 1941

Pennsylvania steam locomotive list – 13

Bucksgahuda & Western 0-4-0T No. 1
•Strasburg 4-8-0 No. 475, 2-6-0 No. 89, 2-10-0 No. 90 coal standard
•New Hope & Ivyland 2-8-0 No. 40 coal standard
•Everett 2-6-0 No. 11 coal standard
•Pioneer Tunnel 0-4-0T No. 1
•Railway Restoration’s Central of New Jersey 0-6-0 No. 113 coal standard
•Reading & Northern 4-6-2 No. 425 coal standard
•Star Barn’s 4-4-0 No. 63 oil standard
•Steamtown’s Baldwin plant switcher 0-6-0 No. 26 coal standard
•Steam into History’s Northern Central 4-4-0 No. 17 York oil standard
•Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association’s Pennsylvania Railroad 0-6-0 No. 643 coal standard

South Carolina – 0

South Dakota – 3
•Black Hills Central 2-6-6-2Ts Nos. 108 and 110 oil standard
•Prairie Village 0-6-0 No. 29

Tennessee – 5
•Southern 2-8-0 No. 630 coal standard 1904
•Southern 2-8-2 No. 4501 coal standard 1911
•Dollywood 2-8-2s No. 70 and 19
•Southern 2-8-0 No. 154

Texas – 3
•Six Flags Texas 2-4-2 No. 2
•Six Flags Texas 2-4-2 No. 2
•Texas State Railroad 2-8-0 No. 30 oil standard

Utah – 2
•U.S. National Park Service replica of Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119 coal standard 1970s
•U.S. National Park Service replica of Central Pacific 4-4-0 Jupiter wood standard 1970s

Vermont – 0

Virginia – 1
•Virginia Museum of Transportation’s Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 No. 611 coal standard 1950

Washington State – 1
•Northwestern Railway Museum’s Northern Pacific 0-6-0 No. 924

Wisconsin – 2
•Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1003 coal standard
•Rock River Threshers 0-4-0 No. 7

West Virginia – 6
•Cass Scenic Railroad Shays Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 11 coal standard 1905,
•Cass Scenic Railroad Climax 9 coal standard 1919
•Cass Scenic Railroad Heisler 6 coal standard

Wyoming – 2
•Union Pacific 4-8-4 No. 844 oil standard 1944
•Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 oil standard 1941

Steam locomotive passes through trees and brush under gray skies.
Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1003 performs on a Trains Magazine photo charter on Nov. 14, 2021, near Burnett, Wis. Jim Wrinn photograph

6 thoughts on “2022 steam locomotive list spring update

  1. What happened to Idaho? It didn’t make the list, not even to show a “0”.
    However, there’s a lovely 3 foot gauge steam loco running at Silverwood that meets the criteria for the list, why is it forgotten? #7, 2-6-2 36″ Eureka Nevada H.K. Porter #5724, 1915

  2. Connecticut: please add the Valley Railroad currently has #97 (2-8-0 Alco -1923) in operation as it has been in service for the wildly popular North Pole Express operation. It pulled one of the 3 operating NPE train sets each night of the season.

  3. It would be nice if you would also include steam engines running in Canada for your Canadian subscribers or other readers who may be travelling to Canada.
    I am also curious as to what happened to the 4 steam engines in Walt Disney World in Florida.

    1. The steam railroad in Magic Kingdom Florida has been shut down for construction of a major new attraction there. However, after a long wait, I’ve read that the steamers are now being tested including on replacement track. I don’t know when the official reopening of the RR is.

  4. On the next list be sure to include the currently operational “Falk” and “Bear Harbor #1” both 0-4-0 steam engines with a logging past. Both are located in Eureka, CA at Fort Humboldt State Park.

    The locos are owned by the State of California and operated by the Timber Heritage Society

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