Virginia & Truckee RR 2-4-0 No. 21
Sacramento, CA, United States
Location: CA State RR Museum
Status: Display
Posted: Mar 8, 2022 @ 17:03:44 by Keiji Muramoto
This Fourth of July weekend, Virginia & Truckee No. 21 "J.W. Bowker" will be attending the Great Western Steam Up event at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. This will mark the first time in over 125 years that she will have returned to her home state of Nevada since being sold to the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company in 1896.
Posted: Dec 9, 2010 @ 23:12:50 by hyde seybold
i heard that after operaing one day the fireman forgot to drain the boiler so yean and do they plan on running #1010
Posted: Sep 11, 2006 @ 06:09:17 by Dave
The Bowker has now been restored to its original colors. For awhile the museum had "Jupiter" on it and it was in a couple movies as the Jupiter, even though its not the right one. It currently sits in the Central Pacific Passenger Station in old sac. I talk about it when I'm volunteering over there.
Posted: Jul 5, 2005 @ 23:07:47 by The Real Mc'Coy
V&T will return to service, However, due to preserving the history of the locamotive, it will only opperate on commpressed air. As you know, Ca. is no longer allowed to fire a iron boiler. This engine was also resently in a new mini sieries that im sure you have heard of... ...Into The West...
Posted: Jul 18, 2004 @ 01:07:36 by Chris Lindsey Elpatric
The CA State RR Museum plans to restore the Bowker to service but it would be the last locomotive on the list.  After UP #4466 returns to service they will work on ST&E #3, then USA Army #5014, then SP #1771, then CP #233, then ATSF #1010, then NWP #112, and the V&T #21 I think.  All I know is that all the locomotives I mentioned are to return to service but I don't know what order it will be except UP #4466 which is the first locomotive to return to service.
Posted: Nov 7, 2003 @ 15:11:35 by paul
The engine has not operated (under steam) for quite some time.  It will not operate again unless a new boiler is installed.  The Bowker currently has an iron boiler, which can't legally operate in the US.  Sad, but true.
Posted: Aug 29, 2003 @ 17:08:11 by Michael Ledingham
CSRM's website does not say anything about the Bowker being operational.