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After Union Pacific 844 left town, the steam hype hadden't quite blown over. Long time Bay Area resident Southern Pacific P-8 Pacific #2472 rolled out of it's Niles Canyon home for a night photo shoot in late May. 2472 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1921, the first part of her life was spent on the "Overland" route, operating between Oakland CA and Ogden UT. Later 2472 ended up captive on the San Francisco commute, halling passengers between San Francisco and San Jose. This all came to an end in 1957, and for the next twenty plus years 2472 sat at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds waiting for her second phase of life to begin. In 1989 that very thing happened, '72 hit the main line running. A fixture of the Bay Area excursion scene in the 1990s, 2472 is currently entertaining visitors on the Niles Canyon Railway near Sunol CA.

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