McCloud River Railroad Company
Locomotive #16:2

Baldwin 2-8-2
Built- 3/1913
c/n- 39394
Drivers- 48"
Cylinders- 20.5x28
Weight- 176,000 lbs.
Boiler pressure- 170 lbs
Tractive effort- 35,500 lbs.


The back to back severe winters of 1936-1937 and then 1937-1938 coupled with increasing traffic levels as the Depression eased caused McCloud River to go looking for more locomotives. The #16:2 was the third of three used Mikados acquired instead of the original plan, which had been to spend up to $100,000 on a pair of new Mikados. The locomotive had spent the first twenty-six years of its life hauling logs down into Silverton, Oregon, for the Silver Falls Timber Company.

Several McCloud employees inspecting the former Silver Falls Timber #101 in the Mt. Shasta City yards, right as it arrives on its new home rails for the first time. T.E. Glover collection.

A very early shot of the #16:2 shortly after being placed in service and before the tender swap with the #18. T.E. Glover collection.

The #16:2 on the McCloud turntable on 30 May 1941.

Another early shot of the #16:2 in McCloud. The locomotive received a former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe headlight during its rebuild.

The #16:2 somewhere on the road. The powered reverse had yet to be installed at the date of this photo.

The #16:2 switching boxcarscars at Pondosa Upper Yard. Note safety rails have been added to the top of the tender.

#16:2 switching a caboose in the McCloud yards on 8 September 1947. Note the power reverse has been installed.

The #16:2 ended up being one of three Mikados McCloud retained after dieselizing the mainline operations in 1953. It's seen here awaiting its fate in the dead line with the tender from the #19. The headlight would be removed for installation on the #18 after this photo.

The #16:2 passing through Western Pacific's Oroville yard on its way to scrap. Pennington photo.