Introducing Our Steam Locomotives
Come see the sights and sounds of the SMRRC. Yes, sounds! We now have two steam trains chugging along the tracks, and the sound of releasing steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clanging of the bell are positively captivating.
One steam locomotive is
a Mikado which has a 2-8-2 wheel configuration. The
class name ‘Mikado’ originated from the first large
group of 2-8-2s
built by Baldwin in 1897 for use in
Model of the Mikado
In excess of 11,000 of
this type were built for North American service and the
While very few steam
locomotives escaped being melted down after the introduction of diesel
locomotives, there is a Mikado L1 at the
PRR #520 - Mikado
The other steam
locomotive is a Pacific Class K4 which has a 4-6-2 wheel configuration. K-4s
pulled the fastest and most prestigious passenger trains of the
Railroad, with 425 being built between 1914 and 1928.
PRR #3750 was built in 1920 at the Juniata
Model of the Pacific K4
There are only two
remaining K-4s in existence. One is
#3750 which can also be seen in the open yard at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Strasburg, and the other one, #1361, is currently being restored in Steamtown.
K4 locomotives #3750 and #1361 were designated “The
Locomotives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvannia” by the PA State
and Governor Robert Casey in 1987.
PRR #3750 - Pacific K4