The E.S. & N.A. R.R. Locomotives & Rolling Stocks
The Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad features three steam powered locomotives and one diesel powered locomotive. Here they are as followed:
Locomotive #1 was built in 1906 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Serial #29588, It was and is a wood burner. It is a 2-6-0 (Mogul) and, Engine only, Weight 75,000 pounds. it will produce 200 pounds of steam pressure (p.s.i.) and 12,000 pounds of tractive effort (power). Locomotive #1 was originally used in the Northeast Texas Lumber industry, there it burn yellow pine slab wood. Later when part of The Scott & Bearskin Lake Railroad in Scott, Ark. it burned sycamore and other local hard woods. Here in Eureka Springs it burns white and red oak, and hickory. One of the last operational wood burner in the United States, it consumes up to 1-1/2 to 2 cords of Ozark hardwood in a full day's operation. Its cabbage-head stack is unique and was designed to serve as a spark arrester. Retired in the late 1990's because of a an expensive boiler re-build mandated by the state boiler inspector.
Locomotive #201 was built in 1906 by the American Locomotive Company of Patterson, New Jersey, specifically for the construction of the Panama Canal. It operates on up to 185 pounds of steam pressure (p.s.i.), which produces 21,000 pounds of tractive effort. The Tender will hold 1,300 gallons of oil and 2,500 gallons of water. This Engine was a coal burner when new, but was converted to use of oil during World War 1 when it was feared that coal would become scarce. Locomotive #201 is also a 2-6-0 (Mogul) and weighs 125,000 pounds (engine only) - added a fully loaded tender and the weight rises to the neighborhood of 200,000 pounds. This engine was originally built to run on five foot wide French-laid rails in Panama. Locomotive #201 was converted to standard gauge (4' 8 1/2) when it was returned to the United States. One hundred of these engines were built by the American Locomotive Company in 1906. There is only three in existence today. Retired in the early 21st century because of an expensive boiler re-build mandated by the state boiler inspector.
Locomotive #226, still in reconditioned, was also built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is a 2-8-2 (Mikado) wheel arrangement. The engine weighs 130,000 pounds, with a loaded tender it approaches 200,000 pounds. It was originally a coal burner, but later was converted to use oil as its fuel. It operates at 180 p.s.i. and is super-heated. Locomotive #226 has the relative modern Walschaert valve gear arrangement, and it also has piston valves. Locomotive #226 has always been a "display" engine at the E.S. & N.A. R.R., never restored to operating condition.
Locomotive #4742, an 0-4-4-0 first-generation diesel switcher, built in 1942 by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors in LaGrange, Ill. Serial #1379, 34,000 lb tractive effort. The only remaining functional locomotive on-site, now handles both passenger excursion and lunch/dinner trains.
Locomotive #35, an 0-4-0 narrow-gauge (24 inch) switcher, built 1935 by Buescher & Sons in Berlin, Germany, coal burner converted to oil. Used atop a sometime-rotating sign to advertise the railway.
At one time, The E.S. & N.A. R.R. once owned and displayed #8, a two-truck Shay Locomotive (serial #2977) built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1918. It now resides as a static display at the Railway Historical Society of Northern New York, Croghan, New York, awaiting a boiler re-build (top left). Locomotive #8, top right, on the turntable at The E.S. & N.A. R.R.
At one time The E.S & N.A. R.R once owned RR car #50, This picture was taken in Fayetteville, Ark. 26 June 1989 (top left). RR car #50 was built in 1927 (I think). It was the Gulf Mobile & Ohio #50 and sold as E.S. & N.A. #50. It was sold to a private owner who restored the identity in 1992. This picture was taken in Garland, TX. 7 Feb 1992 (top right).
There are six arch-roofed former Rock Island, P-70 passenger coaches are used on-site. They are 80 feet long and weigh 92,000 pounds, originally designed to seat 100 people. There are two on static displays #2515, a light-gray one, used as a snack bar, #2523, a Tuscan red one, used as an office. There are two Kelly-green coaches #1, The Eurekan, and #2, dinning car, these cars (#1 & #2) are both on the lunch and dinning trains. There are two excursion coaches #2560, color maroon, and the other #2585, color Kelly-green, (at one time, white with dark red trim). Another 80 feet Tuscan red clerestory-roofed combine car is used for storage. A formerly-luxurious 75 foot Georgia Northern passenger coach has falling into disrepair in the railroad yard.
Three cabooses, one wooden, and two steel, are displayed. There are two tank cars, a pair of flat cars (both falling in disrepair), a coal hopper, a cage car, suitable for transporting and displaying circus or zoo animals, and five box cars, one of which is used as a commissary car on the lunch and dinner trains.
There are at least four motorized yellow speeder maintenance cars (narrow gauge) on-site, as well as a 1951 Chevrolet track inspector's car (on static display).
The working yard-with many switches, lights, outbuildings, a functional electric-powered 75 foot turntable and a water tower, there are a dozens of static displays: three steam-powered tractors, early gas-powered tractors, compressors, pumps, wheel sets (from RR cars), and assorted railroad paraphernalia - a two-man handcar, "tricycle"-type one-man handcar, bells, signals, and luggage carts. An engine house was planned and never built, a shed built to shelter the restoration of locomotive #226 was recently dismantled (2007).
The owner have long had hopes to extend the RR line East 3 miles to the old Missouri & North Arkansas RR tunnel and/or West 5 miles to Beaver, Arkansas through the Narrows, a gap in the rocky ridge short of the old railroad bridge there.
The RR Depot, built in 1913, is a repository for dozens of railroading items, including props which helped disguise the two Moguls Locomotives as 1860s 4-4-0 American engines for the filming of scenes from the 1982 movie "The Blue and The Gary".
The E.S. & N.A. R.R. Depot
Locomotive #1 being use in the filming of "The Blue and The Gray". (top left)
Locomotive #201 being use in the filming of "The Blue and The Gray". (top right)
Last update Feb. 14, 2013
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