Virginia & Truckee 21 "J.W. Bowker" (2-4-0)

V&T 21 was built by Baldwin in 1875. It has 48" drivers and 14" x 22" cylinders, and it weighs 65,000 lbs. It is a coal-burning, standard-gauge 2-4-0. Here we see the locomotive painted to represent Jupiter for a scene in the movie "Wild, Wild West." The Bowker was actually named for the master mechanic of the V&T. It is in storage, but clearly visible through iron bars, at the California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California.
In an email, Doug Hutchinson tells me that the steam driven water pump was used to provide high pressure and flow for fire suppression.

Copyright 2004 Donald Nute

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