Preservation and Restoration

Bob Keller, Number Five's former owner, has graciously provided the photographs and captions featured here.

"The topside view, taken from the tender of OR&L #60, shows the cab woodwork still in place" -Bob Keller

"The view with men examining the running gear was taken just prior to moving. The guy in the Hawaiian shirt is Jay Conde, the United Airlines flight engineer who arranged our purchase of the locomotive from the Dillingham Corporation (for $1). Notice the #19 coupled and ready to go." -Bob Keller

"This is one of my favorite photographs. It shows the OR&L [Oahu Railway and Land] #19 towing #5 to the dock where it will be shipped to California. It is simply astonishing that BOTH of these locomotives would eventually operate on the C&TS [Cumbres and Toltec Scenic] RR, #19 permanently, #5 just a few times. (#5 was stored at Chama, by Scenic Railways, for safe keeping, for several years.) To the best of my knowledge, this photo was taken by Elliott Whiton of Honolulu." -Bob Keller

Coming to California:

"The very graphic message of this photograph is the condition of the locomotive when it arrived in Oakland. I had been required to remove all the wood and asbestos, in order to eliminate any possibility of Hawaiian termites being transported to California. I especially hated to remove the cab woodwork, as it would have given us fine patterns for the replacements. (Which, incidentally, I was never able to do. The present woodwork, done by Brooks Rother and Dr. Richard May in 1999, is quite close to the original - as far as I can tell.)" -Bob Keller
"This is another of my favorite photos, taken while the locomotive was being unloaded at Oakland. Photo by Charles Givens, 1965." -Bob Keller

At the Docks

"My wife and I are wandering around, wondering what might come of this." -Bob Keller

In the cab


Seen at his garage in Los Altos, California, "the frame had been wire brushed, primed and painted, the cylinders had been bored, and the crank pins trued. Photo by David Ogle." -Bob Keller

View from the fireman's side cylinder.

This "photo shows the number and builder’s plates, just back from the foundry and finishing. The builder’s plate pattern was a big project. Somewhere, I had gotten a Baldwin blueprint of the plates. The basic pattern was machined from aluminum. The pattern letters were available from a company that provides such things for historic plaques, etc. The "5" was cut from 1/8" brass, and carefully filed to have the correct edge slope need for sand casting." -Bob Keller


Here, the locomotive is "sitting at the TTC&P [Tahoe, Trout Creek, and Pacific] depot near the highway through South Lake Tahoe, on opening day - July 4 of 1970. Note that it has no pilot. There is also no cab woodwork, but it is under steam and operable!" -Bob Keller

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