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WP 512

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WP 512

1941 ALCO S-1

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BuilderAmerican Locomotive Co.
BuiltNovember 1941
Serial number695146
Top speed60 MPH
Operating weight202,000 lbs
Acquisition Hill Air Force Base in Utah General Surplus Sale. It came to us as USA 7372.

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Audio Transcript:
WP 512 is not a real Western Pacific Locomotive. WP 512 was built for the United States Army in 1941 and was made available after retirement through the Government Surplus Program.

Early in the museum's history, the Feather River Rail Society desired an operating ALCO "S" series switcher, and thus purchased the 512, and then painted it into the paint scheme representative of the first ALCO S1s on the Western Pacific. WP's ALCO S-1's were numbered 504-511, so the FRRS logically numbered their new locomotive "512" following the WP's numbering scheme as that would have been the next available number on WP's roster.