The Alaska Railroad's last operating steam engine was Locomotive Number 557. The s-160 class Consolidation 2-8-0 locomotives built for the United States Army Transportation Corp. between 1942 and 1945, became the largest single class of locomotives ever built in America. Of the 2120 units built, twelve found their way to Alaska. Known as GI Consolidations, or Gypsy Rose Lee locomotives (they were striped down for action) S-160's eventually found their way to every continent, but for Australia and Antarctica. There are only five examples left in North America and none are currently operational. The following links speak of Number 557's long and proud history.

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