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SP&S Class A2

SP&S Class A-2 Switch Locomotives

Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway No. 6 was the only locomotive in Class A-2. Purchased from the Northern Pacific for A. B. Hammond's Astoria and Columbia River Railway, Number 6 came to the SP&S secondhand. She was used as a switch locomotive until 1931 when she was sold to the St Helens Terminal and Dock Co. at St. Helens Oregon

Background

The Astoria and Columbia River (A&CR) ran from Astoria Oregon to Goble Oregon, where the A&CR met the Northern Pacific. In 1907 the NP Purchased the A&CR to be a feeder line for the new Spokane Portland & Seattle Ry. To help the new feeder line handle increasing freight traffic, an NP Switcher was sold to the A&CR on August 7 1907. The SP&S took over the A&CR and on February 24 1911, obtaining all A&CR locomotives. The former A&CR Switch Locomotive number 1 became SP&S number 6.

Construction History

Number 6 was built for the Northern Pacific by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1887. Her builders number was 8617.

Operational History

SP&S Number 6 continued with switching duties at Astoria, Oregon. On June 30 1931 SP&S Number 6 was sold to the St. Helens Terminal and Dock Company.

Numbering

Originally numbered NP 386, and then NP 988 the A&CR numbered NP 988 as A&CR Number 1. The SP&S renumbered A&CR 1 to SP&S Number 6.

Disposal

SP&S Number 6 was sold to St. Helens Terminal & Dock Co (StHT&D Co). Grande Claims that Number 6 then "Blew up and was scrapped. However he gives no dates for this. Gaertner only states that when the SP&S bought the St.HT&D Co in 1933 that an SP&S locomotive (SP&S 201) had to be brought in.

Discrepancies

Gaertner and Grande differ on several dates. Grande gives a build date of 1897. He also states that the date SP&S No. 6 was sold to the StHT&D Co was 1921. Gartner gives dates of 1887 and 1931.

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