May 16, 2004
Harry Laws of King City began this locomotive project in 1973 with about 60% of the parts delivered in "a kit". This Central Pacific No. 173 first ran about 5 years ago. The completion of the project was made possible by pulling in a handful of HO enthusiasts who wanted a shot at "something bigger". The prototype 4-4-0 was the first loco built by the Sacramento CPRR facilities. Well, it was actually a rebuild from a wrecked engine. The CPRR built 12 more of these over the years, one of which, No. 18, is on display at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nevada. It's 1.5" scale. This is the same loco prototype that ran around Walt Disney's house, and were Nos. 1 and 2 on the Disneyland Railroad.