McCloud River Railroad Company
Locomotive #19

Baldwin 2-8-2
Built- 4/1915
c/n- #42000
Drivers- 48"
Cylinders- 20x28
Weight- 178,400 lbs.
Boiler pressure- 180 lbs.
Tractive effort- 35,700 lbs.


Seven years passed after the #18 arrived on the property before traffic from the Pit River Railroad and log spurs pushing ever deeper into the woods again forced the McCloud to go locomotive shopping. The search led the company to the future #19, then in Mexico City. Despite having the same overall specifications as and being built only five months after the #18, the McCloud shops found many minor differences from the #18. The shops did turn up several bullet holes during its conditioning for service, which prompted the railroad to unofficially name the #19 the Pancho.

Builder's photograph of the locomotive that would become McCloud River #19. Courtesy Yreka Western archives.

The future McCloud River #19, seen here in Mexico lettered as Cia de Real del Monte y Pachuca #105, a road owned by United Mining & Smelting. Note the locomotive had been converted from coal to oil by this point. Courtesy Yreka Western archives.

The #19 switching in McCloud sometime in the 1930s.

The #19 is seen here near the McCloud depot. The McCloud Hotel is the building behind the locomotive. George Landrock collection.

The #19 on 22 July 1939. Dunscomb/Boynton photo.

The #19 in Mt. Shasta City on 19 May 1947.

Robert Hanft caught the #19 next to the water tower in McCloud on 21 April 1948. The locomotive has spent some time in the shops since the date of its portrait in Mt. Shasta the previous year, as evidenced by the relocation of the headlight and the addition of the powered reverse.

One last view of the #19 in McCloud, this one on 15 September 1952 about a year before its sale to the Yreka Western. Van Horn image.

A partial side view of the #19 in Yreka after arriving on that road.

The #19 is seen here in Yreka about 1964. C.G. Heimerdinger photo.

Between 1971 and 1987 the #19 powered the hugely popular Blue Goose excursion trains on the Oregon, Pacific & Eastern Railroad out of Cottage Grove, Oregon. The locomotive starred in two Hollywood productions during this time period, Emporer of the North and Stand By Me. C.G. Heimerdinger Jr. photo.

Kyle Railways sold its interest in the OP&E in 1987, and in 1988 they brought the #19 back to Yreka. It started pulling passenger excursions over the YW, again using the Blue Goose name, in 1989.

The #19 on the Yreka Western in the early 2000s. Roger Titus photo.

The #19 with two other pieces of former McCloud equipment, caboose #025 and an incentive per diem boxcar converted to a passenger flat, during the local balloon festival. Roger Titus photo.

Two views of the #19 loaded on a flatcarin Montague, California, on 19 March 2017, waiting to be picked up by the Central Oregon & Pacific for the start on its journey to the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Ohio. Jeff Moore photos.