Locomotive 418

Locomotive 418 (HM28XC)

Location: Junction City, OR 97448 Lane County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 13.11', W 123° 12.201'

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Finnish National Railways

—In Service 1904 - 1958 —

Of this type of railway locomotive, only Engine 418 and a sister, Engine 293, remain. Engine 293 is on permanent display at a Leningrad museum in Russia.

Engine 418 was built in Tampere, Finland, in 1904. In 1939-40 it saw services during the Winter War between Russia and Finland. Clearly visible are shrapnel scars from near-misses by Russia aircraft.

The principal difference between 418 and American locomotives is the track width and the coupling mechanism. The Finnish track width is five feet, the American width 4 feet 8 1/2 inches. Engine 418 uses chain couplings to connect cars while American locomotives use an automatic knuckle coupler.

Engine 418 originally came to Oregon as a gift from the Government of Finland to commemorate the State Centennial. From 1960 to 1980 the engine resided at Oakes Park in Portland.

In 1980, Honorary Finnish Counsul John Virtanen sought a new home for Engine 418, and selected Junction City. On August 7, 1980, Founder's Park and Finland Station became the final home for Locomotive 418.
HM NumberHM28XC
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Date Added Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 483756 N 4896161
Decimal Degrees44.21850000, -123.20335000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 13.11', W 123° 12.201'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 13' 6.6" N, 123° 12' 12.06" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500 Holly St, Junction City OR 97448, US
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