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Mill Valley Historical Society’s 42nd Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner

No 9 arrives in Sonoma
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Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941 United States
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The Mill Valley Historical Society’s
42nd Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Dinner

Guest Speaker: Fred Runner
“Engine 9 Comes Home”

November 2018 – No. 9 arrives in Sonoma County


In the spring of 1921, the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway of Mill Valley took delivery of a brand new, Heisler locomotive from its manufacturer back in Erie, Pennsylvania.  This steam powered locomotive was designated “Number 9” and put to work taking tourists up and down Mt. Tam on the “Crookedest Railroad in the World”.  In 1924, the engine was sold. It spent the next 26 years working for lumber companies in Siskiyou and Humboldt counties. In 1953 the Pacific Lumber Company bought the retired locomotive for display next to its new museum in Scotia, California. The display celebrated both No. 9’s logging and tourist history. In 2018, the town decided to dispose of the locomotive and put it up for auction.

Number 9 is the sole piece of original, remaining equipment known to exist from this historic railway. It’s historic value to Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County and in fact to the whole country is immeasurable.  Recognizing this, a group of citizens banded together and in three weeks formed a limited liability company and secured $54,000 from other, like-minded people.  They successfully secured Number 9 for Marin County by edging out the next lowest bidder by only $3,590.  In November 2018, the engine was moved with big cranes and a truck and trailer to a temporary location in Sonoma County, where it awaits an exciting future.  Visit the locomotive website HERE

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Mill Valley Community Center

Social Hour—6:00 pm (complimentary wine and beer)

Dinner—6:45 pm

Members’ Meeting—7:30pm

Guest speaker—7:45 p.m.

We appreciate the following contributions:

A-Q:  Main Dish, Side, or Salad

R-Z:  Dessert

E-mail RSVP by October 20 to info@mvhistory.org

…or call 415-388-1953

Please bring your friends and neighbors.  They can join the MVHS at the door.


October 24, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Mill Valley Historical Society