Like CP #1, #3 was used to help build the transcontinental railroad as well as haul passenger trains on the Central Pacific Railroad.
Also on display is the Southern Pacific’s first locomotive, named for the company’s then vice-president. Originally bought by the Central Pacific in 1863 as #3 from Danforth, Cooke & Co., in Patterson, NJ, it was also shipped around Cape Horn arriving in San Francisco on 19th March aboard the Mary Robinson.
In 1871, it was later transferred to the newly organised Southern Pacific Railroad and renumbered #1.
After transferring to the Southern Pacific, #1 operated as a light construction engine between San Jose and Hollister, CA, then in Oakland, before ending its career as a weed burner, clearing track.
Today it's on static display at the California State Railroad Museum.
The “C. P. Huntington” is the only surviving example of a 4-2-4 locomotive in the US, the oldest locomotive owned by the museum and features on the museum’s logo.
This is the Southern Pacific’s first locomotive, named for the company’s then vice-president.
There are ride able Replicas of the locomotive that are seen at "Amusement Parks", and "Zoos".
However, from 1894, #3 increasingly became a symbol of the Southern Pacific, appearing at station openings and exhibitions, including the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition, the 1934 Chicago World's Fair and the 1969 Sacramento Gold Spike Centennial Celebration.
Donated to the State of California in 1964, #3 went on display at the old state fairgrounds on Stockton Blvd, Sacramento.
Then, in 1979, it moved to the museum’s Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station in Old Sacramento.
It has been restored to how it appeared for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.