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May 1955
Tooele Valley SW1200 100 was delivered.

February 1956
Tooele Valley 11 was returned to service for four days while the diesel locomotive was in the shop. (Salt Lake Tribune, February 16, 1956, with photo)

May 1963
Tooele Valley Railway 2-8-0 number 11 was last operated on May 20, 1963, on a run between the UP connection at Warner and the International smelter. The locomotive was retired because of new stricter boiler inspection standards. (Tooele Bulletin, September 27, 1977)

February 1966
Tooele Valley Ry. purchased Pickering Lumber SW900 104. Pickering Lumber operations out of Standard, California, closed in November 1965. (part from Pacific News, Issue 147, January 1974, page 25)

November 1969
City of Tooele was approached by members of the Wasatch Railway Museum to remove TVRY. 2-8-0 11 from Liberty Park in Tooele and move it to Heber for restoration and operation. The city council found that Tooele residents preferred that the locomotive stay in Tooele. (Tooele Transcript, November 11, 1969)

1972
Tooele Valley SW1200 100 (EMD 20640, 5/55, 4311-1) sold to Butte, Anaconda and Pacific 100 in 1972. Later sold to Anaconda Aluminum 100, sold to Columbia Falls Aluminum 100, at Columbia Falls, Mont. (Locomotive Notes II, Issue 151, page 7, with photo)

Tooele Valley 104 was sold to Minnesota Corn Producers. (CTC Board, July 1984, page 43) Minnesota Corn Processors, Marshall, Minnesota. MCP SW900 104, b/n 25343!, b/d 4/59!, f/n 4427-2!, ex Tooele Valley 104, exx Pickering Lumber 104. (Locomotive Notes II, Issue 135, March 1990, page 11)

Steam Locomotives

Road
Number
Wheel
Arrangement
Builder Builder
Number
Date
Built
Drivers Cylinders Date To
TVRy
Date
Retired
Notes
1 2-4-2T Dickson 45133 Nov 1907 46 in. 16x24 in. (new) ca. 1913 1
2 2-6-0 Brooks 2632 Jan 1896 56 in. 19x24 in. Jul 1910 6 Feb 1923 2
3 0-6-0 Brooks 2210 Dec 1892 49 in. 19x26 in. Feb 1912 15 Nov 1925 3
9 2-8-0 Brooks 48884 Sep 1910 52 in. 21x28 in. Nov 1925 1950 4
10 2-8-0 Brooks 44336 Nov 1907 52 in.   Jan 1915 Apr 1955 5
11 2-8-0 Brooks 47764 Apr 1910 51 in. 21x28 in. Apr 1912   6
12 2-8-0 Brooks 47765 Apr 1910 51 in. 21x28 in. Apr 1912 May 1956 7

Notes:

1. TVRy number 1 was built for Hines Consolidated Mining Co. number 1, diverted to TVRy. Likely used during the construction of the line; missing from government reports after June 1913; other researchers speculate as to the exact history of this locomotive, but the above data seems to be the most accurate; likely moved by parent company (Anaconda Copper, after it took control of International Smelting & Refining in 1914) to Anaconda's copper mining and smelting operations at Cananea in Sonora, Mexico (about 30 miles southeast of Nogales on the U.S.-Mexico border), and later passed to NdeM when that road was organized and took over Mexico's railroads in 1938; possibly the same locomotive displayed as NdeM 2501 at Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, since 1973; NdeM 2501 moved to indoor display at the Museo de Historia Mexicana, just east of the Palacio de Gobierno Estatal in Monterrey. (1962 photo on Don Ross's web site)
2. TVRy. 2 was built as Butte, Anaconda & Pacific no. 24 in January 1896; renumbered to BA&P no. 13; to TVRy no. 2 in July 1910; retired in February 1923; sold in May 1929
3. TVRy. 3 was built as Great Northern no. 252 in December 1892; sold to Butte, Anaconda & Pacific no. 3; to TVRy. no. 3 in February 1912; retired in November 1925; sold in May 1929
4. TVRy. 9 was built as Buttte, Anaconda & Pacific no. 29 in September 1910; to TVRy. no. 9 in November 1925; retired in 1950
5. TVRy. 10 was built as Butte, Anaconda & Pacific no. 28 in November 1907; to TVRy. no. 10 in January 1915; retired in April 1955
6. TVRy. 11 was built as Buffalo & Susquehanna Railway number 169, order canceled in April 1910; held as Alco stock; sold new to Anaconda Copper Co. in April 1912 for Tooele Valley Railway 11; last run was on May 20, 1963, stored at smelter until retired and moved to Tooele's Liberty Park in September 1964; moved to Tooele County Railroad Museum in July 1982. (information from Steam Locomotive.info)
7. TVRy. 12 was built as Buffalo & Susquehanna Railway number 170, order canceled in April 1910; held as Alco stock; sold new to Anaconda Copper Co. in April 1912 for Tooele Valley Railway 12; after the locomotive was scrapped in 1956, its tender was converted for use as a snowplow, which is currently displayed at the Tooele County Railroad Museum.
  Side Note: Utah Railway No. 4, ex Southern Utah 104, builder number 47772, was another of the same group of locomotives built for Buffalo & Susquehanna Railway, but not delivered to them.

The following comes from Larry Deppe, via an email dated September 26, 2016:

Number 11 was generally run twice each year when the wheels of engine 100 had to be turned. The 100 was transported to the Union Pacific Diesel shop in Salt Lake City for this procedure. The photo of Number 11 and Number 100 was taken at Warner depot west of Tooele City. I remember this very well because I spent the first twelve years of my life in a house just across the street from the Tooele Valley line and both engines had passed our house that day. According to Don Lee, one of the firemen for the Tooele Valley, the diesel locomotive would not start.

I helped move Number 11 from the Tooele City Park when the station and property were transferred to Tooele City. We went up to a siding east of 7th Street. The siding had been cut free from the main line. The Tooele Army Depot was kind enough to provide a crane which was used to pick up the siding and set it on two flat cars (also provided by the Depot). Everything seemed fine except for one thing: Some of the ties at the end of the siding had fallen off. The locomotive had been set on a pedestal in the Park in 1964. The rails of the siding were removed from the flat cars and attached to the rails in the pedestal. The engine was pushed and pulled to move it off the pedestal into the street where the Tooele Valley tracks ran. Everything seemed to be going fine until the locomotive reached the portion of the old siding without any ties. At that point, the rails spead outward and the engine and tender ended up sunk in the asphalt of Vine Street.

The Tooele Valley's second diesel locomotive, No. 104, an SW900, was then attached to the coupler of the tender. When the engineer opened the throttle, the locomotive stopped due to a governor that prevented wheels from slipping on the rails. A tractor (also provided by Tooele Army Depot) was tied to the rear of the 104 and the old steam engine was finally removed from the asphalt.

Diesel Locomotives

Road
Number
Locomotive
Model
Previous
Number
Builder
Number
Date
Built
Date To
TVRy
Date
Retired
Notes
100 EMD SW1200   20640 May 1955 (new) 1972 1
104 EMD SW900 Pickering 104 25343! Apr 1959! Feb 1966 Jul 1982 2

General Notes:

a. TVRy 100 operating weight was 228,000 pounds
b. TVRy 104 operating weight was 200,000 pounds
c. TVRy 100 had frame number 4311-1!
d. TVRy 104 had frame number 4427-2!
e. TVRy 104 previous owner paint and lettering was visible under its TV paint; "Pickering Lumber Corporation" in six-inch Railroad Roman lettering on hood side, with 12-inch Railroad Roman number on cab side, along with the Pickering Lumber Corp., logo on cab side.
f. TVRy 104 was seen "for sale" at UP&L's Gadsby plant on September 20, 1982.
g. TVRy 104 was seen west of UP's Salt Lake City depot on March 17, 1983, en route to new owner.
h. TVRy 104 was seen eastbound at Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 30, 1983, en route to new owner.
i. Source: Extra 2200 South, October/November/December 1971, page 6 (roster)
j. Source: Railroad Magazine, December 1970 (roster) (also in Sy Reich's Diesel Locomotive Rosters, page 168)

Notes:

1. TVRy 100 was sold (transferred?) to Butte, Anaconda & Pacific 100 in early 1972; sold (transferred?) to Anaconda Aluminum number 100; sold to Columbia Falls Aluminum Company number 100, Columbia Falls, Montana; later sold to S&S Shortline (SSRX) as SSRX 904, seen at Garrison. Montana, on October 12, 2015, en route from Columbia Falls to Port of Montana at Silver Bow.
2. TVRy 104 was sold to Minnesota Corn Processors (MCP) 104, Marshall, Minnesota in about March 1983; by June 1993 the unit was being used at MCP plant in Columbus, Nebraska; still in use at Columbus, Nebraska, as of late 2011. (1993 update from Locomotive Notes II, Number 187, October 1995, page 15, with photo; 2011 update from Jerry Bosanek via email dated March 3, 2012)

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