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November 16, 2019


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otherwise known as the emma Sweeney, has moved from Portland to california then Colorado, not on display back in california after the Barbary coast went bankrupt in 1972. I remember my parents talking about that place, I never got to see it!

Where is the train today?

Jackson, California, as near as I can figure, as it also seems there was a full size model of the locomotive used in Hollywood films including petticoat junction.

There were 2 trains. The working locomotive is at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in California. The locomotive that Harvey Dick loaned for the production of Petticoat Junction was a prop he bought from 20th Century Fox that had been used in a prior film, and now is located at Durango Railroad Historical Society in Durango Colorado.

The "train" that got Harvey Dick the mention at the end of every show was a studio mockup, not a real train. It was originally built for the Walter Brennan/Dan Dailey film A Ticket to Tomahawk in 1950. The replica didn't actually run. It had to be pulled.

Dick bought the replica for use in the Barbary Coast Lounge. He loaned it to producer Filmways in exchange for the mention seen in the picture.

When the Hoyt Hotel closed in 1972 the replica was sold to a restaurant near Sacramento, but it fell into disrepair and was donated to the Amador County, California museum, which restored it.

The museum sold the replica to a railroad historical society in Durango, Colorado, in 2011. The society plans to restore the replica in the style of a steam locomotive known as the Emma Sweeny which was the train seen in longshots on the opening of the Petticoat Junction shows.

Even as a prop, it was a beautiful representative of an era gone by. I grew up on the railroad, played on the SP&S 700 engine MANY times as a child, and none of todays rail transport is anywhere near what it used to be. I still enjoy travel in that maanner, though.. dad used to tell me about this engine..

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