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The Central Pacific built the 236 at its shops in 1882 for commuter service out of Oakland. The engine was classified as a tank engine because the water was carried in rectangular tanks running astride the boiler, above the wheels. The fuel was carried in the hopper behind the cab and thus no tender was required. A sister of the 236 is presently exhibited in a park in Oakland, California. (Recent Locomotives, Fig. 81)


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