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Southern Pacific Class AC-1 2-8-8-2 Cab Forward Steam Locomotive
Southern Pacific Railroad's AC-1 class of cab forward steam locomotives consisted of locomotives rebuilt from MC-1 and MC-2 class locomotives that were originally built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1909. The MC-2 class was the first class of locomotives built and delivered to SP as cab forward locomotives. The Southern Pacific's AC-1 class was the first of the successful AC series of cab forward locomotives, numbering nearly 200 in total. Southern Pacific No. 4002 was rebuilt as a cab forward in June of 1923.
The class AC-1 rebuilds took place around June of 1931. SP used the rebuilt locomotives through the traffic rush of World War II, and removed them from the roster soon after the war. They were all retired from active service by 1949 and were scrapped soon after their retirement. The last locomotive of this class that was scrapped was number 4014 on April 12, 1949. None of the original AC-1's were preserved. The only remaining cab forward in the United States is SP No. 4294, a AC-12 built in March 1944, 4-5 Years before most AC-1's were retired.
Southern Pacific Class AC-1 Overview
Type and origin
Power: type Steam
Southern Pacific Class AC-1 Cab Forward No. 4002.
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