C’mon Baby: Do the Locomotion
Original Story by Melissa Schorr of the Las Vegas Sun. September 21, 1998.
There are only three 19th century American Standard steam locomotives remaining in the world. One is housed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.Another is in the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. The third sits in Dan Markoff's backyard.
“I wanted to keep a piece of Nevada history alive,” says Markoff, 50, a Las Vegas trial lawyer, former UNLV history major and Nevada native whose unique locomotive is the focus of a new documentary, “Eureka's Incredible Journey,” which airs at 8 tonight on KLVX Channel 10.
Markoff rescued the 123-year old Eureka & Palisade Railroad Locomotive No. 4 from the scrap heap in 1986, and has spent much of his free time and energy since then restoring it to its original condition.