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Southern Pacific Ten-Coupled Locomotives: From El Gobernador to 2-10-0, 2-10-2 and 4-10-2
Robert J. Church
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Southern Pacific Ten-Coupled Locomotives

By Robert J. Church.

Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11", 534 pages, 795 B&W and color photos, maps, graphics, bibliography, index. 2013.

"This long-awaited book from noted SP locomotive authority Bob Church covers all the ten-coupled types, from El Gobernador of the 1880s and the T&NO 2-10-0s, to all the 2-10-2s and 4-10-2s.

"Extensive research has yielded the full details about SP’s experiments with valve gear on 2-10-2 number 3769, and equally full details about the design and construction of the three-cylinder locomotives with Gresley valve gear in the SP Class 4-10-2s.

"Typical of Church’s in-depth information, it has many unpublished photos, some in color, and includes line profiles, maps, and locomotive/tender plans in its 24 chapters, and also features a chapter on tenders by Arnold Menke. Exhaustive information on history, operations and maintenance is also presented."


1. Locomotives to Open the West11
2. El Gobernador23
3. Into the New Century31
4. The Decapods39
5. The Little Decks: F-147
6. The Lone Enigma: F-281
7. A Larger Design: F-385
8. Confidence in the Future: F-497
9. The Prosperity Special109
10. Muscle Power: F-5121
11. Experiments in Steam Admission: F-6135
12. The Gresley-Holcroft Three-Cylinder Conjugated Valve Gear163
13. The Gresley Three-Cylinder Locomotives in America183
14. The Stuttering Decks: SP-1197
15. Other Three-Cylinder Contenders215
16. More for the Mountains: SP-2233
17. SPís Ultimate Ten-Coupled Locomotive: SP-3247
18. Maintenance and Betterments263
19. Incident at Bosque301
20. Siskiyou Line Air Brake Tests, 1929-1930317
21. Ten-Coupled Locomotives in Action
Sunset and Golden State Routes
San Joaquin Valley Route
Coast Route
Overland Route
Shasta Route
22. Locomotives Saved449
23. Tenders, by Arnold Menke459
24. Rosters, Data, Drawings501

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