State Belt Railroad No. 4 - The Last Steam Engine from the Belt Line

Number 4 is an 0-6-0 switching locomotive built by the Vulcan Iron Works (of PA) in July of 1911 for the State Board of Harbor Commissioners for use on the State Belt Railroad of California along the San Francisco waterfront. This is Vulcan's first oil burning locomotive. The locomotive featured a closed cab when delivered that was changed to an open one upon arrival in San Francisco. After duty along the waterfront, No. 4 had a unique and diverse career that included shortline and industrial railroads, and even a stint for Uncle Sam before sleeping away 30+ years in a Stockton scrap yard. From there she went to Utah for potential restoration, but found her way back to San Francisco!


Locomotive Statistics:
* Built: July 1911
* Construction Number: 1759
* Cylinders: 19" X 24"
* Boiler Pressure: 175 psi
* Driver Diameter: 51"

Ownership:
State Belt Railroad of California #4, San Francisco, CA
Sold 1932 to Modesto Empire Traction as #5, Modesto, CA
Sold 1938 to AD Schader, San Francisco, CA
Sold to Permanente Cement as #400, Permanente, CA
Sold 1942 to US Army as #6956, Lathrop, CA
Sold 1946 to M. Davidson Co (Scrap Yard), Stockton, CA
Sold 1971 to NRHS, Salt Lake City, UT
Sold 1988 to Golden Gate Railroad Museum, SF, CA
In Custody of San Francisco Trains, Brisbane, CA
No 4 returns to San Francisco - Dec. 1995
Hunter's Point railyard

Select a SWITCH for more information on the following topics!

Operations Scrapbook
Information on the purchase and operation of the locomotive in San Francisco and elsewhere.

The Missing Years Scrapbook
Information on where the engine went after retirement.

Restoration Scrapbook
Information the restoration of the locomotive.

What is Number 4?

Where is Number 4?

No. 4's Progress Report
A list of work completed on Number 4 (Updates now on our FaceBook page)