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History of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad Engine #1 Phoenix





          The first engine of the Arizona and Pacific Railroad was our No. 1 (Allan Herschell builder's number 59-1873). It was originally purchased new by Del Webb in August of 1959 for use at his HiWay House Hotel and convention center in Phoenix. The train was shipped from the Allan Herschell plant in North Tonawanda, New York on September 25, 1959. It replaced a G16 that had operated at the hotel for the three previous years.



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Running at Del Webb's HiWay House in Phoenix Arizona



          The track wound its way around the flower gardens, swimming pools and barbecue cabanas of the sprawling and manicured grounds of the hotel in central Phoenix. Webb at the time was developing numerous commercial and residential properties throughout the Southwest and also owned the New York Yankees. Reportedly, Yankees manager, Casey Stengel, several of his star players, the cast of Gunsmoke, and numerous notables from the entertainment and sports fields who stayed at the hotel rode the train. Local brownie and cub scout troops included train rides on the HiWay House Express as part of their regular activities.



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A Brownie Troop Enjoys a Train Ride at Del Webb's HiWay House



          The hotel had a ten year run (56-65) when it competed very successfully for the local conventions and traveler. Interest in the hotel began to wane after the completion of the interstate highway through Phoenix routed traffic several miles to the south and Webb sold the hotel in 1965. It changed hands several additional times before it was abandoned as that part of town deteriorated even farther. The State of Arizona eventually purchased the property and converted it to operation as a Women's prison. Despite all the changes in property ownership, the train and a short section of rail remained on the property.



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Running at the HiWay House in 1961





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Photographed in the early 1970's



          It is believed the train was last operated in early 1975. We were lucky enough to purchase the derelict train at a state auction in May of 1995. To say that the train had merely fallen into disrepair after many years of neglect is an understatement. Twenty years of neglect, vandalism and theft had taken a tremendous toll on the diminutive S-16.



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After the 1995 State Auction





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Power Truck Before Restoration





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Years of Neglect Took Its Toll



          We completely disassembled and rebuilt the engine over several years. She once again moved under her own power, on the A & P lines this time, on December 15, 2002.



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Undergoing a Thorough Restoration





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Fully Restored and in Service on the A&P RR



          We would love to have additional photographs that might exist of our engine when she operated at the hotel.



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Arizona & Pacific RR Engine #1 Phoenix






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