Western Pacific's "covered
wagon" (an affectionate nickname for these carbody type locomotives)
fleet consisted of an equal number of "A" cab control units and "B"
booster units. As the units grew old and were traded in on newer,
higher horsepower units, the "B" units were first to go because of
the versatility of the cab equipped "A" unit. By the time the
Feather River Rail Society established its Portola Railroad Museum
all of the WP "B" units were gone. Still, a "B" unit was desired to
represent this type of locomotive in our collection.
In the late 1980ís, the
Canadian National Railway still had some "B" units that they had
recently sold for scrap. Arrangements were made to purchase one of
the units in operating condition and restore it to represent a WP
"B" unit. This unit was repainted in WP's classic orange and silver
"Zephyr" paint scheme and given a fictitious WP number.