Modeling Espeeís P-8 class Pacifics

The following pages describe the restoration and conversion of an old Balboa brass locomotive.  The locomotive started life as a Pacific P-10 class and had been partially converted into a P-8 class Pacific.  The article follows along with the whole process of rebuilding, remotoring and refinishing this locomotive. 

Espeeís P-8 Pacifics

Espeeís P-8 class Pacificís consisted of fifteen locomotives built in early 1921 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia.  These locomotives were assigned numbers between 2461 and 2475.  By the end of the spring of 1921 all of these entered service and they all operated into the 1950ís.  Several of these locomotives lasted up until the end of steam in the later 1950ís.


The P-8ís were all delivered with 12,000 gallon (120-C-1 class) tenders riding on four wheel trucks.  By 1929 most of the tenders had been replaced with six wheel truck tenders of various different classes.  Most of these locomotives ended their life with 120-C-3 class tenders.


At the end of the steam era Espee donated a number of locomotives to the local towns that ran along the lines.  Fortunately two of these P-8 Pacificís escaped the scrappers torch and are still around today.  Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers both number 2467 and number 2472 have been fully restored and were operating up until a couple of years ago.   At the present time both of these locomotives are down for their boiler inspections.   The 2472 currently resides at the Golden Gate Railroad Museum in San Francisco.  Up until very recently the 2467 was also at the GGRM but it has now been moved to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.


Here are a couple of present day photos of number 2472;

2472 Prototype Photo 1    

GGRM, January 4, 2003                        


2472 Prototype Photo 2

Redwood City, December 29, 2002


And here is her sister number 2467.

2467 Prototype photo 1     

GGRM, January 4, 2003    


2467 Prototype Photo 2

GGRM, January 4, 2003


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