The history of Engine No. 1

Engine #1 as manufactured for The North American Transportation and Trading Company – FTVRR Files courtesy Eric Johnson

By Dan Gullickson

Engine No. 1 was the first steam locomotive in the Yukon Territory, arriving in the Dawson area in August 1899 to work at coal mines that supplied fuel to Dawson (Cliff Creek, North American Transportation and Trading Co., and Coal Creek Mine). The engine was sold to local Dawson  entrepreneurs in 1905, who were relocating to Fairbanks to build the Tanana Mines Railway (reorganized as Tanana Valley Railroad, 1907).

Engine No. 1 was shipped via riverboat to Fairbanks, arriving on July 4, 1905.

Engine No. 1 shortly after arrival in Fairbanks area, around 1905 – TVRR Files.
Engine #1 at TVRR Train Station, Chena, Alaska, ca 1906 – TVRR Files

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