Photographs courtesy of Anchorage Museum of History and Art
BL79.2.5227, BL79.2.5228

This locomotive is a 4-6-0 built in June of 1920 by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, PA for the Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC). The AEC purchased #2 and the Tanana Valley Railroad to further its task of building the Alaska Railroad.
The Alaska Railroad was a three-foot gauge railroad and ran out of Fairbanks to the coal mines of Nenana, and the gold rush town of Chatanika. Once the standard gauge main line of Alaska Railroad was completed, the AEC dissolved, and its property transferred over to the Alaska Railroad.

In 1943, #152 was transferred from storage at the Alaska Railroad to the US War Department, in Seattle, WA. At some point later, #152 was sold to the Davison Scrap Company in Stockton, CA. It was purchased by Hal Wilmunder and relocated to the Antelope & Western in Roseville, CA and renumbered as #2. In 1963, #2 went to the Camino, Cable, & Northern. When Camino, Cable, & Northern shut down in 1974, Mr. Wilmunder sold #2 to Keystone Locomotive Works. In 1975, the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission purchased #2 and began restoration.

After restoration was completed on #2 locomotive in 1976, it began revenue service at the Huckleberry Railroad. #2 is the primary locomotive for the Huckleberry Railroad. And of the locomotives operating at the beginning of the Huckleberry Railroad, #2 is the only locomotive still in active service.

After proudly serving the Huckleberry Railroad for 14 years as the primary locomotive, #2 was in need of a major repair and overhaul.

In January of 1990, #2 went down for service. There were several changes made to #2 locomotive. A new set of windows were cut and installed into the front of the cab. The cab was stained with a deeper color to give it a more realistic look and the red paint on the locomotive was changed to black, to give the locomotive cab a more traditional appearance. After four years of repair and restoration, in December of 1994, #2 began regular service and continues to this day.

Thanks goes to the Huckleberry Railroad for this commentary.