Southern Pacific’s #2472 Go Pro Gets It All!
Niles Canyon Provides The Setting For This Classic Pacific Type Loco!
Not generally in service except on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, the Golden Gate Railroad Museum trotted out their Pacific type loco SP#2472 for special excursions through Niles Canyon.
Located in the east bay of San Francisco, the Niles Canyon Railway is a heritage railway that was originally part of the Transcontinental Railroad and is considered a historic district. The Southern Pacific 2472 was one of other Pacific type locomotives (4-6-2) that served the overland route from Oakland, California to Ogden, Utah.
The Go Pro on the front of the locomotive makes you feel like you’re riding right on the front of the engine!
Some quick facts about the Southern Pacific #2472
- Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works 1921
- Configuration: 4-6-2 wheel arrangement
- Loco weight: 300,000 lbs
- Tractive effort: 45,847 lbf
- Owner: Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Let us know if you have ever ridden through Niles Canyon on any excursion, especially behind SP #2472! We would love to hear about your experience!