S. P. "Ten Wheeler" #8
Circa the 1940's
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~ Updated: April 02, 2015 ~
The "Espee" had some really interesting locomotives... The number 8 had two
"sisters", the number 9 and the number 18, each of which shared much of the
same appearance, but detailing-wise, they varied greatly.
Our models captured that detail so well that photos of the Pilot / Sample Model of #8, as you see above, even made a magazine cover when they were announced!
The prototype for our #8 is on display in downtown Sparks, Nevada, and has had a nice, cosmetic restoration. If you get through that area, it's worth the effort to stop by and have a look-see, (And maybe a touch or two...) to get a "feel" for how it must have been to hog one of these little teapots through the Owens Valley back in the heyday of the Espee's narrow gauge operations...
Number 9 is on display at the Laws Railroad Museum, abut 6 miles out of Bishop, California; They are really nice fols there and would welcome a visit. Number 18 is on display right on the main drag of Independence, California...
Click the Icon above for a great shot of Espee Number 8 from the rear!