It is with great anticipation and the hope of a “great find”, that I enter the room where the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s annual swap meet is being held. I had barely entered the room and I was immediately sure of a “great Find”. There before me was a large print, in fairly good condition, of a OR&N Baldwin 2-8-8-2, number 451. The image was not previously known to me and I immediately purchased it.
When I returned home, I “digitized” the image by taking a photograph illuminated by reflected sunlight. I then experimented with various editing adjustments aimed at “improving” the image so as to enhance the usefulness of the image. The result is shown below.
Three such engine were delivered to the OR&N in 1909. The UPRR received three similar engines (2000-2002) shortly thereafter. It is not clear why, but the UPRR engines came to be known as the “ocean toads”.
An article in the UNION PACIFIC HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s journal, “The Streamliner”, relates the interesting history of these locomotives.
Vol. 5, Issue 2, “Ocean Toads” 1909 Monster Mallets,
by Jim Ehernberger (page 12)
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