Great fun clip of this narrow gauge Baldwin Locomotive (manufactured in Philadelphia) out of Colorado.
Dedicated train enthusiasts rebuilt her to her original glory and she is fully functioning today. Narrow gauge has a special place in the history of Old West. Made a lot of sense in the Rockies and other areas where steep canyons and narrow passes made for difficult passage.
The video repeats itself initially in the first few seconds, but hang in there and watch the engineer go to work when the wheels start to slip!
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Baldwin Locomotive company manufactured TANKS including the M4 Sherman for World War II ?
The Baldwin Locomotive works sold a lot of it’s locomotives to Southern states prior to the Civil War. Consequently, when war broke out, the Union military ordered “war trains” to help with movement of troops and equipment. This is why you will see recreations and replicas of these engines in countless movies about the Civil War in America.
If you’ve ever taken a ride on the 349 or a train like this let us know in the comments below! Would love to hear your experience on this classic piece of history!