Surviving Steam Locomotives in Idaho

Last updated 05/05/2000

These six steam locomotives are the last remaining standard gauge steam in the state of Idaho. I've heard that there are a couple of ex-Hawaiian 2ft gauge steam locomotives at an amusement park in the northern part of the state near Coeur d'Alene.

I took these photos on a couple of road trips during the summer of 1998. Because I was on a schedule, I wasn't able to spend a day or two in the vicinity of each locomotive to get the best lighting. Maybe on some future trip through the state...

Boise - Union Pacific #2295 is a MK-9 class 2-8-2 built by Alco-Brooks in 1918. At the time of day and year I visited, there were no good angles to photograph the 2295. (75K 768x416 jpg)

A sign in the enclosure says:

Engine 2295, alias "Big Mike" is a Mikado class locomotive, so called because the first engines with the 2-8-2 wheel arrangement were buit for export to Japan. Big Mike was one of Union Pacific's smaller freight engines with a boiler pressure of 210 pounds per square inch, 65-inch drive wheels, 26x28 inch cylinders, and 53,600 pounds of starting tractive effort. The 2295 was built by American Locomotive Co. in 1920 and was donated to the City of Boise in 1959. In 1978 Big Mike was given to the Idaho Historical Society.


Lewiston - This 3-truck Heisler was originally built for the Ohio Match Company at Hayden Lake, ID as their #1 in 1924. It was later sold to Potlatch Forests, Inc and was renumbered to #92. It operated at Headquarters ID, and later Lewiston ID. It was donated to the City of Lewiston in 1963. (55K 656x432 jpg)

Nampa - UP #616 is a C-2 class 2-8-0 built by Baldwin in 1907. Originally assigned to UP subsidary Oregon Short Line Railroad as their #1066, it was renumbered to #616 in 1915, and finally leased to the UP in 1936. It was donated to the City of Nampa in 1958. (78K 768x432 jpg)

Pocatello - UP #2005 is a MK-1 class 2-8-2 built by Baldwin in 1906. It was also originally assigned to the Oregon Shortline Railroad as their #1105 and was renumbered to #2005 in 1915, becoming UP #2005 in 1936. It was donated to the City of Pocatello in 1958. (54K 768x368 jpg)

Potlatch - Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Co. #1 is a 4-6-0 built by Alco-Schenectady in 1906. (56K 672x384 jpg)

Soda Springs - This little 0-4-0T Porter is believed to have been built around 1890. It's history of owners is unknown but the final one was Idaho Power & Light Co. which abandonned it when construction was complete on the Alexander Reservoir. In 1976 the reservoir was drained for maintenance and the little Porter was rescued from it's watery home of 50 years, cosmetically restored, and placed on display under this shelter near the City Hall. (85K 512x768 jpg)

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