It was one of two 0-4-0 locomotives built for the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad and shipped to the US. Along with the second locomotive, the "Gaston", it was used to begin construction of the first sections of the Raleigh & Gaston.
In 1900, the Raleigh & Gaston merged with the Seaboard Air Line and the tracks eventually became part of the CSX System.
It, unfortunately, met its fate after only a year in service, and a replica was constructed to commemorate the antique steam locomotive. The replica is now currently preserved on static display at The North Carolina Transportation Museum.
- The replica "Raleigh" was built in 1927 by the Seaboard Air Line shops in Raleigh, NC.
- The "Raleigh" replica of the first steam locomotive to operate in North Carolina.
- It was donated to the museum by the Seaboard in 1965.
- It was North Carolina's second railroad, the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad having beaten it to the title by just one month.