AT&SF Locomotive #2542 - Wilson Park, Arkansas City, KS
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A historical marker describing the history of AT&SF Locomotive #2542, which is on permanent display in Wilson Park in Arkansas City, Kansas.
Waymark Code: WMZHNT
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 11/15/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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This marker describes the history of AT&SF Locomotive #2542, which (along with its tender) is on permanent display here in Wilson Park. Visitors can climb into the cab and even ring the bell!

After sixty years on display, the locomotive and tender were in poor condition and underwent extensive restoration in 2017. An article describing the restoration project and re-dedication of the locomotive can be read here. This historical marker was set at that time.

Marker Type: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker text:


Engine 2542 was built in 1910 by the American Locomotive Company in Pittsburgh, PA., for the Kansas City, Mexico, and Orient Railway. In 1929, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway purchased the KCM & O line and assigned this engine to the Newton, KS terminal. This engine is a "2-8-0" which means there are two front wheels, eight driving wheels, and no rear wheels. In 1955, the engine was moved from Newton, KS to Arkansas City and placed on the siding track at the Standard Oil Bulk Station. The A.C. Andrews Construction Company moved the engine six blocks down Birch Street to Wilson Park. The move was accomplished by placing temporary track down and using compressed air to move the engine weighing almost 100 tons. The relocated engine was placed on a concrete pad and dedicated during the 24th Annual Arkalalah Celebration that same year.

The following people helped in the moving of the locomotive: Engineer: J.O. Guffry, Tom Bender, H.S.Gibson, R.C. Gibson, H.B. Barrett, and George Wiley. Section Foreman Jim Dill.


The following is the dedication speech by John Landreth, General Manager AT&SF

To a railroad man a locomotive has always been a thing of life and power, and it always seems to me a ceremony of this kind is a fitting last rite for a thing we have labored with so long. I've often thought of the countless number of people who have heard its whistle at all hours, enjoyed the fruits of its labor, hauling goods from far away places as it crossed the states so many times, and of the men who have run her - not the least of whom were boys from six to 60 who vicariously ran her as they watched her go by. "It is for those little men to come we join you in setting aside this engine that they too, may have a part of her, the like of which has helped to build our great nation."

This plaque was donated by the following:

The City of Arkansas City The Santa Fe Railroad The Arkansas City Historical Society The Arkansas City Pride Committee The Early Bird Lions Club

The following contributed to the writing of this plaque:

Liz Oakes, John Witt, Susan Stark, The AT&SF Quality Group of Arkansas City

Marker Location: Cowley

Year Marker Placed: 10/24/2017

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Official Marker Number: Not listed

Marker Web Address: Not listed

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