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Eureka was built in 1875, before Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn, and is now the last wood-burning, narrow-gauge engine still operating. The twenty-ton engine still runs perfectly, building 120 lbs. pressure with her original 'Russian Iron' boiler. Eureka lives in Dan Markoff's driveway in Las Vegas and is registered in Nevada as a recreational vehicle (like a snowmobile, Markoff is fond of saying.) She is listed as a structure, however, on the National Register of Historic Places. Markoff bought the engine from an amusement park, where it had burned in a fire, and went to work restoring it for a debut at the California Railfair in 1991. Eureka has traveled since, on a flatbed trailer, to several western tourist railroads where she has operated as a 'guest' locomotive.

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