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Southern Pacific
El Gobernador
Steam Locomotive

1 unit

built by Sacramento Shops

4-10-0 El Gobernador from the collection of Byron Bostwick 290k

Originally Central Pacific #237, this engine was built in 1882 but not put into service until 1884.

It was renumbered to #2050 in 1891 and scrapped in 1894.

Named El Gobernador which translates to "The Governor".

Dunscomb devotes a whole chapter on the history of this engine, and even has a photograph.

This book is always available on inter-library loan if you do not have a copy of this book and neither does your local library.


  • A Century of SP Steam Locomotives - Guy L. Dunscomb
  • SP Co. Steam Locomotive Compendium by Diebert & Strapac

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