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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 4, 1922

“The Ant,” the first locomotive built on the Pacific Coast, was one of the first engines operated by what is now the Pacific Coast Railroad.

“The Ant,” the first locomotive built on the Pacific Coast, was one of the first engines operated by what is now the Pacific Coast Railroad.

As we are getting acquainted, it may interest the men to know that this tiny six-ton engine was one of the earliest used on our railroad, the Pacific Coast Railroad. It was the first narrow-gauge locomotive built on the Pacific Coast, and came from the Pacific Iron Works at San Francisco.

It is now owned by W.H. Williamson, of Stella, Wash., whose son, E.J. Williamson, is taking a course in foreign trade at the University of Washington. Mr. Williamson writes that the historic relic is in a good state of preservation and is still capable of traveling on its own steam. (more…)

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