The North Pacific Coast Railroad No. 21 is a 4-4-0 "American" type built in 1901 at the road's Sausalito Shops and named "Thomas-Stetson".

It was used for the North Pacific Coast Railroad hauling redwood lumber, local dairy and agricultural products, express and passengers.

The engine had insufficient adhesion weight and its oil burners were prone to damage due their proximity to its water tubes, and was unpopular with crews, its unusual appearance earning it the nickname "The Freak". #21 was scrapped in 1905.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This special 4-4-0 was the first cab-forward locomotive and one of the first oil burners, as well as the first locomotive to use a marine boiler.
  • It was a rebuild of NPCRR #5, which was dismantled in 1897.
  • Lexi from the Thomas and Friends film Journey Beyond Sodor is based on this locomotive. Piper from Chuggington also resembles this locomotive.
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