The Jack and Marge Gibson Collection consists of 15 ½” scale models of Virginia & Truckee locomotives and one of motorcar No. 22. These models were created by George Richardson in the 1960s. In 2015 they were purchased by the children of long-time museum supporters Jack and Marge and donated to the museum as a memorial to their parents. Most of these models—the 12 in cases 1, 3, 4, and 6—represent the equipment used by the Virginia & Truckee in the 20th century, though some of those locomotives survived from the boom years of the Comstock. The others—the models in cases 2 and 5—are of locomotives that were disposed of earlier.
Altogether, the Virginia & Truckee had 29 locomotives, so half of the entire roster is represented here in models. Of the 14 “missing” locomotives, twelve were 2-6-0s. If these, nine were Baldwin 2-6-0s, two were Booth 2-6-0s, and one was a Danforth 2-6-0. The other “missing” locomotives were the first no. 25 and the second no. 5. In addition to motorcar no. 22, the V&T had two other motorcars, the no. 24 and the no. 99.
Motor Car No. 401 was built in October 1926 by the Edwards Railway Motor Car Company of Sanford, North Carolina for the Tucson Cornelia and Gila Bend Railroad. It is their “model 10” and cost $10,465.
The TC&GB operated the car daily between the Phelps Dodge copper mine at Ajo, Arizona and the Southern Pacific connection at Gila Bend. As built, the car had a seating capacity of 30 passengers, but in 1928 two rows of seats were removed in response to dwindling demand, and the bulkhead was relocated to its present position. The car originally had traps and gates on its rear platform, which were apparently removed about this time. In 1943 its original Continental Motor Corp. 100 HP gasoline engine was replaced with a reconditioned engine from a white truck. The radiator had to be moved forward to accommodate the larger engine. With the advent of good highways and reliable automobiles, the TC&GB discontinued passenger service on December 31, 1947. By that date the car had had logged 783,053 miles. It continued to see occasional use until being finally retired at the end of 1955.
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