19th-Century Steam Locomotive Transferred to New Home

6 Jan

19th-Century Steam Locomotive Transferred to New Home

A 19th-century steam locomotive has found a new home Oklahoma City. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. Locomotive No. 643 has been transferred from the State Fair Park to the Oklahoma Railway Museum.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, ATSF, is widely known as one of the largest railroad companies in the country. It was chartered in 1859, reaching the Kansas, Colorado border and Pueblo, Colorado in later years. On December 31, 1996, the railroad stopped its operation due to its new merger with the Burlington Northern Railroad.

The locomotive No. 643 is a 19th-century steam locomotive donated to the State Fair Park as a transportation exhibit in 1953. It was built in 1879 and weighs between 80 to 100 tons. During its operational days, the locomotive covered more than 1 million miles.

Currently, the old locomotive has been transferred to the railway museum due to the demolition of the State Fair Park’s Travel and Transportation Building. It was carried by caboose and coal car from the State Fair Park to the museum last week.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent
405.330.0031

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