Construction and improvements in San Pedro's
Port of Los Angeles began at the turn of the 20th Century and continue
to this day. The two little locomtives displayed here are quite typical
of small construction locomotives.
Both these saddle tank engines were built for the
City of Los Angeles: Davenport Locomotive Company's built locomotive
#31 and ALCO Rogers Works built #32. Along with engine #33, they
were put to work on Catalina Island hauling rock from quarry to shore,
where it would be shipped
over to the mainland for construction of the Los Angeles Harbor and
breakwater. These locomotives
also served on the mainland hauling construction supplies to various
sites within the harbor.
These two engines were destined for the scrapyard
when Travel Town's founder, Charley Atkins, discovered them and suggested
they be donated for display at Griffith Park.