||SVRy. Passenger train with engine # 11 at Tipton depot.
Brooks Hawley note: One story about engine no. 11 is that it was unique for having a copper firebox.
Oil Lamps and Iron Ponies" says there were a total of 22 locomotives in the whole history of the Sumpter Valley Railway. Around 28 is a better guess. "Oil Lamps" says the peak in numbers was 15 in 1911. I have a report on a trial Father had with the Sumpter Valley June 13, 1906, in which Joseph Barton, superintendent, testified there were 11 locomotives in operation then. These eight were mentioned: No. 1, No. 3, No. 6 (a 6 driver consolidated), No. 7, No. 8 (an 8 driver Mogul), No. 9, No. 10, and No. 11 (passenger). The trial was because a fire from a train burned a hay shed and about 50 tons of hay. This wold be a guess that gets about every engine: No. 285 and a mate to it vaguely numbered 5, 6, or 10 up to 1910; Earl Emlaw's list, starting in 1910, is surely no confusion from there on: Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 in 1910 from the railroad to Tonapah, good old standbys, No. 14 in 1912 worked over from wide gauge, No. 15 in 1912 not used so much, then the 6 brand new sets from 1915 to 1920, Numbers 16, 17, 18, 50, 19, 20; and finally the two Mallets, No. 250 and No. 251, by themselves 1940-1947.
Claude Green says Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 were much alike, considers Numbers 10 and 11 came from Denver and Rio Grande about 1902. Claude says some early markings and name plates were deliberately changed or taken off to confuse identification, because they were running into troubles on inspections and the makers were complaining to the state that they were in, too.
The Sumpter Valley took many a spill and many an engine rooted in the dirt, but back on their wheels they were ready to go again, and it can almost be said no one was ever killed. The Mallets never took a header, although one was off the track along by Boulder Gorge side track.
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