This forty-ton wood-burning steam locomotive was the pioneer engine of the Central Pacific Railroad. Stanford was built in 1862 in Philadelphia, then shipped disassembled in crates around Cape Horn from Boston to San Francisco on board the sailing vessel Herald of the Morning.
It arrived in Sacramento on October 6, 1863, by the river schooner Artful Dodger, and was unloaded the next day and reassembled at “K” and Front Streets.
Museum visitors can identify and illuminate the lanterns by pressing corresponding buttons to see the vividly colored glass lenses light up (using LED lights).
In addition, steam whistles in a variety of shapes and sizes are on display as is a Colors That Speak electronic matching game for young visitors to match the color of a lantern with the word that describes what the color means to a railroad crew member.
The locomotive collection of the California State Railroad Museum contains 19 steam locomotives dating from 1862 to 1944.
The Museum’s locomotives illustrate the development of steam technology from its early years in the mid-nineteenth century through its apogee and climax in the 1940s. Huntington,” to the million-pound giant, Southern Pacific articulated cab-forward No. Fewer than 45 full-size steam locomotives built prior to 1880 exist in the United States.
Sacramento was a city with sharply divided loyalties during the strike.
In addition, this exhibit includes interactive maps that show high-speed rail throughout the world, video elements, and models and representations of differing approaches to high-speed rail design.
This exhibit is aimed at helping visitors gain a better understanding of the history of high-speed rail throughout the world.
STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — uses play and informal activities designed to encourage and stimulate problem-solving abilities. Gain an understanding of how simple circuits are used to operate the toy train set and, by extension, learn how diesel-electric locomotives use the same electric principles on a much larger scale.
This learning experience focuses on simple electric circuits in a setting designed to evoke the period of transition from steam to diesel-electric power for U. This playful exhibit is focused on the wide variety of sports clubs, teams and athletic competitions that the Southern Pacific employees participated in during evenings and on weekends in the early to mid-1900s.