McCloud River Railroad Company
Locomotive #29

Baldwin DRS-6-6-1500
Built- 1950
c/n- 74812
Horsepower- 1500


The success of the #28 prompted the railroad to contemplate a second diesel. The company had experienced problems with the 13-foot rigid wheelbase on the #28 pushing the 60-pound rails on the mainline east of McCloud out of gauge, and debated for a while whether it would be better to rebuild the track to handle a second such machine or buy smaller power and leave the tracks as they were. In the end the track work won out and the railroad ordered the #29, a duplicate of the #28 except for that it had dynamic brakes. The #29 would be the last DRS-6-6-1500 Baldwin would build, as the manufacturer was replacing it with the upgraded model AS-616.

Builders photo of the #29. Jerry Lamper collection.

#29 pulling caboose #031 between the paint shop and scale house. Photo from the Travis Berryman collection.

#29 sitting outside the roundhouse before 1955. Photo from the Travis Berryman collection.

#29 leading the Gold Spike Special on 3 July 1955, shortly after being equipped with multiple unit capabilities.

#29 sitting in front of the McCloud shop on 31 August 1957.  Photo is by Jerry Lamper and is used here with permission.

Another shot of the #29 on 31 August 1957 by Jerry Lamper, but in color .

The #29 in the yards on 31 March 1969. Lee F. Hower.

A photo of the #29 towards the end of its McCloud career. Photo by and courtesy of Dennis Sullivan.

The #29 is seen here in June 1969, about a month after being replaced by the new EMD SD38s and about five months before its sale to the Magma Arizona.

The #29 is seen here in 1978 as Magma Arizona Railroad's #10 in their open air enginehouse in Superior, AZ. The Magma Arizona kept the McCloud paint basically intact, changing only the number and lettering. Later on the Magma Arizona painted yellow stripes over the red stripes. Photo is by Bart Barton and is from the collection of the Arizona Railway Museum .

Another view of the Magma Arizona #10 in Superior on 14 February 1971. Alan Miller photo, Jeff Moore collection.

The Magma Arizona #10 with a freight on 10 March 1981. Dave Hardie photo.

One final uncredited photo of the #10 on the Magma Arizona, this one dated 19 July 1994.

The #29 as it appears today, in the collection of the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, Arizona. Note that the red stripes have been painted over with yellow except across the dynamic brake and air intake screens. Photo by Steve Whisel and is from the collection of the Arizona Railway Museum.

Another photo of the #29 in the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, AZ. Photo taken 1997 by Steve Whisel and is from the collection of Arizona Railway Museum.

A cab interior shot of the #29 in the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler, AZ. Photo by and courtesy of Andy Szabo.

The McCloud River #29/Magma Arizona #10 is operational and is currently undergoing a mechanical and cosmetic restoration. You can read about this project here.