Virginia & Truckee No. 21, “J.W. Bowker.” 

Virginia & Truckee No. 21, “J.W. Bowker.” 

Virginia & Truckee No. 21, “J.W. Bowker.”  The Bowker was constructed by Baldwin in 1875 and named for the railroad’s Master Mechanic.  The locomotive served as a switch engine and is equipped with a powerful fire fighting water pump.  It was sold in 1896 to Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Company and operated near Truckee, California.  The locomotive is the sole surviving example of a Baldwin 2-4-0 type of locomotive.  It has been on display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento since 1976.