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Pictured is an early photograph of Roseville’s locomotive 2252. This iconic locomotive is a symbol of the story and of the social and economic impact that the railroad had on the City of Roseville. During the 1956 “Cinderama” celebration, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Southern Pacific
Railroad relocation to Roseville, SP donated a retired steam locomotive to the community. The 2252, after nearly sixty years of freight and fire-fighting service, was placed on display at the Placer County Fairgrounds. In 2001, the Community Coalition for the Relocation of the 2252 was formed when a planned expansion at the Fairgrounds made it necessary to consider options for relocating the locomotive. The locomotive was placed on permanent display at the confluence of Atlantic and Vernon Streets in Downtown Roseville.