Then my friend Martin Hansen invited me to join the fun at the second steam-up of George Lavacot's Santa Maria Valley 2-6-2 No. 205
On arrival in Independence, OR, at Lavacot Locomotive Works, the engine is just being fired by Martin. Several hours before some smoke finally emerged from her stack
Once up to operating pressure, George Lavacot opens the throttle, as Luke Johnson looks on. The valve covers had been removed so the steam just poured out of them.
Both the McCloud 25 and the Santa Maria Valley 205 are 2-6-2s. Here is a comparison of their running gear.
Which one is which?
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