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Description of Locomotives

Operating at Griffith Park & Southern Railroad (18.5" gauge) are:

The Colonet Griffith

The Colonel Griffith - 2-8-0 locomotive
2-8-0 locomotive built by Severn Lamb Ltd. in 1983.

This beautiful locomotive and tender were built by one of the premier builders in the world. Severn Lamb has been commissioned to build models for the Smithsonian and several major museums in the United Kingdom. The motive power is in the tender. It consists of a Wisconsin four cylinder, air cooled engine fueled by propane. The engine drives a hydraulic pump which provides power to a large hydraulic motor on the locomotive.

 

The Freedom Train

The Freedom Train - A streamliner
A streamliner built by the All American Streamliner Co. of Los Angeles.

This locomotive was built sometime in the 1950's and is modeled after the famous EMC "F" series of streamliners. It consists of an A unit (the front unit with the engine and power train) and a B unit where the engineer sits. This is the lightest of our locomotives. It was repainted in 1976 to mirror the real Freedom Train that toured the US celebrating our bicentennial.

 

The Stanley Diamond

The Stanley Diamond
A 2-6-0 mogul built by Gerry Bowden in 1993.

This locomotive and its brother unit the Courage were built in Oregon in 1993 to a design by our chief engineer, Gene Gustavson. They are modeled after the narrow guage locomotives that worked the timber and mining areas of the West during the early part of the century. This unit has identical power as the Colonel Griffith.

 

Ten Pullman Style

Five Seat Steel Coaches
Pullman style coaches built by All American Streamliner of Los Angeles.

These coaches were built in the 1950's and modeled after the common Pullman passenger cars.

 

Three six seat wood gondolas

Six Seat Wood Gondolas
built by Skeets Simpson in 1993 after a design by Erik Thomsen of Redwood Valley Railway.

Modeled after the common open freight gondolas used to carry bulk goods by railroads all over the country.

 

Operating at Travel Town Railroad (16" gauge) are:

The Courage

The Courage - 2-6-0 Mogul
A 2-6-0 mogul built by Gerry Bowden in 1993. Sister locomotive to the Stanley Diamond.

This locomotive and its brother unit the Stanley Diamond were built in Oregon in 1993 to a design by our chief engineer, Gene Gustavson. They are modeled after the narrow guage locomotives that worked the timber and mining areas of the West during the early part of the century. This unit has identical power as the Colonel Griffith.

 

The 1986 - Diesel Switch

The 1986 - Diesel Switcher
Diesel switcher built by Gerry Bowden in 1986.

A classic yard goat design, this locomotive is modeled after the EMD series of yard switchers. It is fitting that this is our heaviest and most powerful locomotive.

 

Six Pullman Style

Pullman style - Six seat coaches
six seat coaches built by George Reddington in 1956 for Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Special train.

Similar to the Pullman style coaches at GPS but longer, steel covers were added to these coaches in 1989 because Travel Town did not have a loading platform cover to protect the passenger seats from the sun. These coaches originally were a part of a set with a steam locomotive. The locomotive burned out its boiler and was sold in 1985.

 

 

 

 



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