In early August 2013, MSVR and WARY came into an agreement with the California State Rail Museum in Sacramento to acquire the big AC-12 Cab Forward for restoration and operation. She was moved to the MSVR's LA shops, and underwent a complete mechanical rehabilitation, including the casting of parts "borrowed" for 4449 in Portland. Now fully restored, she will be used to business trains and go to media demonstrations and special events. With the dismantling of WARY, the 4294 is now the sole property of the MSVR, and is typically stored serviceable in Sacramento, and can be seen every once in a while back at the CSRM.
SP 4-8-4 #4414
4414 is one of 6 GS-2 type 4-8-4 "Northern" locomotives built for the Southern Pacific in 1936. She is one of the original engines to run with the famous Coast Daylight once it became equipped with streamlined cars. She has been rebuilt almost entirely from the ground up, and the unanimous decision made by the shop crews was to make her appear to be in her "as delivered" Daylight skirting, paint job, and train number boards in their original location. We are in the process of making her a matching water tender, elongating her range even further.
SP 4-8-2 #4353
4353 was one of 5 SP Mountains to be painted in a 50/50 Daylight/black scheme for use on the San Joaquin Daylight from LA-Oakland via Bakersfield. She has no plans to be painted into black, and will retain her original number. She is one of 2 remaining in Daylight colors, with her sister, 4352, which is owned by MKTGX and operated on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad just north of San Francisco Bay.
ATSF 4-8-2 #3737
We saved 3737 from the scrapper's torch in early 2011, and ever since, she's been an integral part of our business and heritage fleets. When she's out, there's bound to be a crowd around to see the old timer. Originally built for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe in 1921, she lived a full life hauling both passenger and freight trains. Towards the end of her career, she suffered from a cab fire, and so forth had it replaced almost 3 years later. When we found her, she was rusting away trying to survive. We got her in the shops, fixed her up, and found her a new tender. Ever since she's been placed back into service with us, she's been a major crowd pleaser, especially with the children and older folks feeling nostalgic and remembering the good ol' days of railroading.
SP 0-6-0 #1237
While officially owned by the MSVR, this little steamer is taken care of, and operated by Monterey Bay Rail. We acquired 1237 from the city of Salinas in the second quarter of 2011, and had her sent down to our LA shops to get restored to steam. Built by the Baldwin company, the engine spent most of her career working around Salinas, and when she was retired, was donated to the city and placed on static display and was used as a piece of playground equipment at Central Park. Later, she was moved down back near the depot, and was taken care of by the Monterey and Salinas Valley Model Railroad and Historical Society. She will be run out of Pacific Grove on excursion trains between PG and Castroville, where passengers can connect with MSVR commuter trains to Salinas, where they can make connections to long distance trains.
Hidden in our LA shops are 2 more in progress steamers that are to be operational very shortly. Both are Northerns. One is ex-SP, the other ex-ATSF. One is famous for being a "forgotten" survivor of it's class. The other one has a very famous sister, being only 4 numbers after her. Her famous sister is the class unit for that particular railroad's series of Northerns.
While there have been rumors of other steam locomotives roaming MSVR property, the railroad has ownership of no such locomotives.