-Photo contributed by Brian T. Wise
Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-6-2t
Tank or tender type: Split saddle
Build date: 1924
Serial number: 57684
Driver diameter: 45 in.
Boiler pressure: 200 psi
Cylinder dimensions: 17 & 26x24
Grate area: 26 sq ft
Fuel: 1,200 gal oil
Water capacity: 2,500 gal
Clover Valley Lumber Co. #4,
1956 – 1957:
Feather River Lumber Company #4, Loyalton, CA.
1957 – 1976:
Tahoe Timber Company #4, Reno, NV. (Used
as stationary boiler)
1974: Donated to the Pacific Locomotive Association, Richmond, CA.
on the Castro Point Railway, Richmond, CA.
1986-2004: Stored, Fremont, CA.
January 2005-present: Stored, Sunol, CA.
Precision Scale Company imported O scale brass models of #4.
This Baldwin Mallet was built for the Clover Valley Lumber Company of Loyalton, California as their #4. In December of 1956, #4 was sold to the Feather River Lumber Company, where a red feather replaced the green clover on the saddle tanks. #4's time at Feather River lasted only one year before the Mallet was sold to the Tahoe Timber Company at Jackpot, Nevada, near Reno. #4 was used by Tahoe Timber as a stationary boiler for their mill before being retired from that duty in the 1960s. After the mill was removed, #4 was left on a section of track surrounded by a fence until being rescued in 1974 by the Pacific Locomotive Association of Richmond, CA. The PLA restored #4 to operational condition and operated it on their Castro Point Railway until 1986 when the PLA moved their operations to Niles Canyon. #4 was the last steam locomotive to be operated at the old Castro Point operation, being used to move equipment to the Richmond Belt interchange for shipment to Niles Canyon. After that, #4 was stored in a warehouse in Fremont, CA until January 2005. On January 8th, the Mallet, along with other stored PLA equipment, was moved to join the rest of the collection at the Niles Canyon Railway.
#4 as operated by the Pacific Locomotive Association
Photo: Clover Valley #4 at Loyalton in 1947 - Martin E. Hansen Collection
Photo: 1974 - #4 being moved to Richmond, CA - Howard P. Wise photo
Photo: 1974 - #4's front engine after being unloaded at Richmond, CA - Howard P. Wise photo