#12 Genoa (4-4-0)


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January 1873


Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia

Serial No


Class 27 1/2 D
Empty weight 65,000
Weight on drivers 45,000
Tractive effort 11,920
Boiler pressure 130


16x24" / 48" / 28 tons




California State Railroad Museum


16x24" / 56 3/4" / 34 tons


Photos courtesy of the
Special Collections Department,
University of Nevada,



August 5, 1872 Ordered
January 1873 Built at Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia.
January 1873 Shipped from Baldwin.
February 17, 1873 Arrived to Virginia & Truckee at Steamboat Spring.
March 3, 1873 Entered service.
1874 Straight air brakes was added.
July 2, 1874

The locomotive Reno has been in the shop for several days undergoing repairs. The Genoa takes it place between this city (VC) and Reno for the present.

November 12, 1874

Collision and Smash up - Genoa smashed up on the express train. Columbus to take its place until the Reno has its air brakes---- didn't write down all the article.

August 30, 1875

The locomotive Reno, which has been drawing the through passenger train on the V&TRR for several months past, has gone into the shops in Carson for repairs. She will be thoroughly overhauled, her cylinders will be bored out and she is to be repainted. The Genoa which has just come out of the shop, will take her place on the road.

1902 Converted to the Sunflower stack.
1905 Virginia & Truckee Railway #12.
1908 Retired in Carson City.
1938 Sold to Eastern Railroads.
1939-1940 Reworked to look like Central Pacific #60 (Jupiter) for the New York World Fair.
1940 Presented to the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society to insure preservation.
  Stored in Bath and Hammondsport Railroad facilities, New York.
  Moved to Western Pacific roundhouse in Oakland, California.
July 1957 Genoa made a trip to San Francisco.
1969 Participated in the Gold Spike Centennial at Promontory, Utah dressed as Central Pacific's Jupiter.
1969 Donated to the state of Nevada.
Today Inside California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento. Restored to it's 1902 appearance.


Builder's Specification

Specification for One Engines, Class 8/26C No 33
For Virginia & Truckee R. R.         Aug 5th 1872      Drawing No. 2
Gauge of Road, 4' 8" Pumps, No. & Kind, 2 Brass
     Play, 3/4"     Tom Chamber,     "
Fuel, Wood     Bottom Chamber,     "
Boiler Material, Steel        Drawing No. 235     Feed Cook, 2 connected each side
    Diam,            "     Pipes,  Iron
    Plan,  Wagon Top      Check    "  , Copper
    Domes, One     Chubbed + chalked inside      Checks Brass casing
    Dome Casing, Brass   + outside covered with felt Injectors, No. & Size, None
       "      Beads Iron     Steam Pipes,       "
    Mud Drum, None    Feed       "   ,        "
    Jacket, Russian Iron     Check     "   ,       "
    Jacket Bands, Brass       Front Band Raised     Check,       "
Safety Valves, M. B. Hos Lock & Balance Sand Box, Size, Round, Large
    Gauge Cocks, 3     Body, Brass
        Beads, Iron
Furnance Material, Steel           Pipes,    "
    Length, 65 Cab, Walnut
    Width, 34 " Pilot, Iron, Round Bars
    Depth, 65" Truck, Plan, 4 Wheel Swing Bolster
    Chamber, None     Wheels, Diam., 26"
    Hollow Stay,    "                  Kind, Plate B. J.
   Fire Brick,    "     Journals, Diam., 4 "
Tubes, Material, Iron Copper rings, f. b. end         "        Length,  7 "
    Number, 144     Wheels Covers, Brass Pipe
    Diam., 2 Tender Plan, 8 wheels.    Drawing No.
    Length, 10' 10 3/8     Frame, Wood Square
Steam Pipe, Wrt Iron    Trucks,  Wrot Iron
Grates, Cast   "     Wheels, Diam., 26"
Ash Pan, Double Damper                   Kind, Plate   P. J.  High Bridge
Cylinders, Diam., 16     Journals, Diam., 3 "       Axles 82" long
    Stroke, 24          "       Length,  6"
    Steam Ports, 1 1/4 x 15     Brakes, Double iron beam
    Exhaust    ", 2 1/2 x 15     Safety Chains, Single
    Bridge, width, 1     Tool Boxes, Top back
    Valve Motion, Link     Tank Capacity, 2200 Gallons    40" high
    Ecc. Throw, 5"    
    Valve Travel, 5 " Run Board, Wood
   Lap,  3/4" Os, 1/32 Js     Nosing, Brass
    Lead, 1/16" Os 1/16 Steam Gauge,     "  Stamp's
    Exhaust, Double     Stand,     "
    Oilers, In Cab Bell  " No. 3
    Casing, Brass Flag Fixtures,     "   1
    Covers,    # Hand Rail, Brass
    Stm. Chst. Casing,    # Oil Cups, M. B. Co
       "        "    Covers, Iron    Brass Beads Bumpers,  
    Piston Packing, Spring Number Plates, Smoke Box Front
Guides, Iron, Case hardened Name and Number 12 Sharon Genoa 10/30/72
Crossheads, Cast iron    
Rock Shafts, Wrot iron      Brass Capped    
Engine Frame, Solid      Painting, Best Passenger
    Braces,    #    
Drivers, diam., 56 3/4    
    Centre diam., 52    
    Journals  ", 7 General Finish,  
         "       Length, 8    
    Tires, Kind, Steel, All flanged,  Corned as 27 C 350    
         "    Size, 5 x 2    
    Wheel Covers, Brass Pipe, monogram    Head Lamp
    Throttle, Kind, Balance    
        Position Dome    
Smk. Stack, Kind, Yankee Duplicate of 27 C 350 except as marked changed.
     Dia, Inside Pipe, 16"    
    Hight from Rail,      
    Netting, for wood    



The V&T #12 Genoa arrived to Steamboat Spring from Philadelphia.

The locomotive was ordered as the Wm. Sharon but the name was changed just before delivery. (Or was it after? In an inventory list it is name Sharon.)

A letter from Baldwin to the V&T on the order for Genoa notes that they would use the Yankee stack instead of the diamond stack.

The new Sunflower stack were Radley Hunter design. Baldwin furnished the guts (screens, cones, baffles etc.) The V.& T. made the shells. #12 Genoa and #13 Empire were the first to receive the new stack.

The locomotive was build by Baldwin. The loco's had 56 3/4" drivers.

The Genoa was mainly used for passenger trains.

Source of information: V&T Locomotives by Koenig, Charlie Siebenthal, Mike Collins, Dale Darney.