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No. 12 Baldwin Engine


Here is a great video from Jeff Terry of No. 12 shot at the 2012 Old Threshers' Reunion. 

From an article written by Mr. Jason Midyette as posted at the Narrow Gauge Railroad Discussion Forum:

"Steam locomotive No. 12 was built in 1928 for the Kahului Railroad Company in Hawaii by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"The Kahului Railroad operated on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and was built in 1879 to haul sugar cane from the fields to a mill and then take the finished sugar to the port of Kahului. Later extensions of the line allowed it to haul other commodities, such as pineapple, to the port. No. 12’s Hawaiian background has earned it the nickname “Pineapple Princess”.

The 12 "on the job" in Hawaii. (Source unknown.)

The 12 on a high trestle in Hawaii. (State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division.)

"By the 1950’s, the Kahului Railroad was replacing its steam locomotives with diesels. No. 12 was kept as a back up for the diesels and became the only steam locomotive on the railroad. The Kahului Railroad was abandoned in 1966 and No. 12 made its last run in Hawaii on May 24 of that year.

Disassembly in the Kahului shops. (Source unknown, ca. 1967.)
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"In 1967, No. 12 was bought by a group of individuals associated with the MCRR from California for $3,500.00. The locomotive was loaded on a ship for the trip back to the mainland. Shipping No. 12 to California required disassembling the locomotive, including removing the boiler from the frame. No. 12 arrived in California in pieces and stayed that way for over two decades.

"In the early 1970’s, #12 was moved to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and spent several years stored, in pieces, in the Chama, New Mexico yards.

"Reassembly time for No. 12 came in 1988 when it was sold to the Silverwood theme park in Idaho. No. 12 was rebuilt with a new boiler constructed by Mammoth Locomotive Works of Grand Junction, Colorado. No. 12 proved to be too big for Silverwood’s track and was operated only sporadically at the park.

"The Colorado Historical Society purchased the locomotive from Silverwood in 2005 and moved it to the Georgetown Loop. No. 12 operated at the Loop in 2005 and 2006 and is returning to service in 2007 following a major overhaul during the off season.

No. 12 at the passenger station at the GLRR in Colorado. (GLRR photo)

"No. 12 is a 2-6-2 locomotive (the numbers refer to its wheel arrangement of two lead wheels, six drive wheels and two trailing wheels. The lead and trailing axles help guide the locomotive into curves). The Kahului Railroad had no turning facilities for its locomotives so they had to run backwards half of the time. No. 12 was designed with this in mind - its wheel arrangement allows to function equally well going forwards or backwards and its “whaleback” tender provides the engine crew with great visibility while backing.

"With the exception of the new boiler, No. 12 retains much of its as-built appearance and burns oil as opposed to coal. As they do not emit hot cinders like a coal burner, oil burning steam locomotives are less likely to start fires along the right of way. No. 12 has always been an oil burner; it was built that way, as oil was the preferred fuel for steam locomotives operating in Hawaii."

In the best interests of the two entities, the Midwest Central Railroad and the Georgetown Loop Railroad each leased their steam locomotives to the other railroad. In 2011 the GLRR took possession of the MCRR's Lima Shay No. 9 and in 2012, the MCRR took possession of the GLRR's Baldwin No.12. 

No. 12 on the "high trestle" in Mount Pleasant, IA.



 Midwest Central Railroad  Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 319−385−2912 (updated 23Jan18)