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Texas & Pacific (more..)
Steam 2-10-4 (more..)
Texas State Railroad (more..)
Palestine, Texas, USA (more..)
April 28, 2019
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TP 610 (more..)
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Mitch Goldman (more..)
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Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 No. 610

T&P 2-10-4 No. 610 was built in Ohio by Lima Locomotive Works in 1927. No. 610 is the sole survivor of the T&P's fleet of seventy 2-10-4's (designated as a "Texas" type) and one of only three T&P survivors, the others being 4-6-0 No. 316, which is also at the Texas State Railroad and 2-8-2 No. 400 on display in Mashall, TX, though that locomotive was originally built for the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway. The T&P presented No. 610 to Amon Carter Sr, a prominent Fort Worth businessman and civic leader on January 27th, 1951 and placed the locomotive on display at the Will Rogers Coliseum. Seventeen years later, in 1969 when the Southwest Exposition wanted to dispose of it, the locomotive was purchased by David Pearson for $1.00. The 610 Historical Foundation was chartered the following year for the purpose of preserving and restoring the locomotive back to operating condition. It was moved to the Fort Worth Army Depot for storage where it remained until 1975. Pearson had been looking for a way to get it restored and running again. With a commitment from the AFT Foundation to let it pull the train in Texas, Pearson had all the inspiration he needed. Just not the money... Help came in the form of Amon Carter, Jr., a local newspaper owner. Carter had a love of trains and the means to make things happen. He personally helped get the 610 project off the ground. That is the reason his name is still visible on the tender. Following that event, the locomotive was leased for several years to the Southern Railway for excursion until 1981 when it was returned to its owner. In 1986, No. 610 was formally donated and shipped to the Texas State Railroad where it continues to be maintained, protected and - as seen above - showcased.

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