This passenger engine sits idle at the Copper River and Northwest Railway Roundhouse site after its life of dedicated service. After the Railway closed in 1938, the military operated the system as a transportation mode for locals using speeder cars to travel to the Mile 7 Radio Station and eventually the Mile 13 Air Base. This engine, photographed in May of 1942, had a boiler blow that killed either the firemen or engineer; the photographer is unsure. The photographer had the smokebox number plate and builders plate from this engine and generously donated them to the Cordova Historical Society.
This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m. Currently on exhibit in the Copper River Gallery “David Rosenthal – Art and Science on the Katmai Coast.”