Glendale & Montrose 22 / YVT 297

Baldwin-Westinghouse Electric Locomotive 1923
Glendale & Montrose 22 / YVT 297
Car Specs
Car Number: 
297
Type: 
Locomotive
Builder: 
B-W
Built / Retired: 
1923
Construction: 
steel

The 297 is an electric locomotive which was used to pull freight trains. It was built as No. 22 for the Glendale and Montrose Railway, a 12-mile trolley line between the two Los Angeles suburbs which were its namesakes. The G&M was the only interurban railway in the Los Angeles area not to be consolidated into either the Los Angeles Railway or the Pacific Electric. The G&M provided local freight and passenger service until abandoned on December 31, 1930.  The locomotive was subsequently purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad which continued to operate electric freight service on a portion of the old G&M (down the middle of Glendale Ave., into downtown Glendale). Union Pacific renumbered the locomotive E-100.

Following conversion of the former G&M line to diesel power in 1938, the locomotive was sold to the Yakima Valley Transportation Co., an electric railway located in an apple-growing region of Washington state. It was renumbered 297 and remained in service until 1985, when it was donated to the museum by YVTC owner Union Pacific Railroad. A portion of the YVTC continues in operation today as a passenger-carrying 'Vintage Trolley' operation.

YVT 297 is maintained in operating condition and is featured regularly on the museum railway.

Additional Images

On the Glendale & Montrose
On the Glendale & Montrose
Early in its career on the YVT
Early in its career on the YVT
1923 ad from Electric Railway Journal
1923 ad from Electric Railway Journal
In service in Yakima, Historic American Engineering Record
In service in Yakima, Historic American Engineering Record
In service in Yakima, Historic American Engineering Record
In service in Yakima, Historic American Engineering Record
At the Museum, Mac Owen Colleciton
At the Museum, Mac Owen Colleciton