A&P RR G-16 582

Arizona and Pacific Railroad

G16 582

G16 Engine #582





History of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad Engine G16 #582





          Our G16, No. 582, first operated in Indianapolis at the short-lived Little America Amusement Park. It was originally shipped on October 29, 1951. Little is known of its operation or whereabouts until it was acquired by a park train broker outside of Chicago in the early 1990s. From there it went to northern California before we acquired her and moved her to Arizona for restoration. Julie G. Dojahn wrote an excellent article on Little America Amusement Park in Indianapolis.



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G16 #582 at Little America Amusement Park in 1959
Photo courtesy of Julie G. Dojahn





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G16 #582 awaiting restoration





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Stored in Gilbert Arizona prior to restoration at the A&P RR





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On the rack in the Arizona and Pacific Railroad shops





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G16 #582 restored dashboard





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Restored Hand Valves



          On April 13th, 2014 G16 #582 was removed from the rack at the A&P RR shop and lowered onto the rails. It wasn't long before we had her started she made her first trip around the A & P layout. Some minor carburetor adjustments were really all we modified during the day. Although we had spent quite a bit of time debugging the No. 582 while she was on the rack, we were pleasantly surprised at how great she ran and the few problems that we encountered once we had her on the rails. There were no vacuum leaks, the gauges and all electrical components worked as designed and the parking brake worked even better than hoped.



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Preparing to run the rails again





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John runs G16 #582





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G16 #582 and coaches



          Only one of the coaches is original to the No. 582. The other two coaches are from train No. 504 and No. 506 each of which ran at Riverview Park in Chicago. Our “B” unit acquired on the California coast #506 orignally ran at Riverview Park as part of the "Scout" consist.




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Our G-16 B unit at Riverview Park in Chicago






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Moving the B Unit to Peoria for restoration in the A&P RR Shops





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G16 B unit #506 awaiting restoration





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Sand blasting the #506 B unit





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G16 A unit #582 and G16 B unit #506 together at the Arizona and Pacific Railroad





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Dave runs the G16 A and B units



If you can fill in any of the blanks in the history of our G16's or correct any of our mistakes, we welcome your input. We would also love to have any photographs that might exist of them anywhere…




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