Bring Back the Best Steam Traction Engine

UPDATE: September 21, 2018

Memo from Oakland Museum of California

This is a short note to assure you that we haven’t forgotten about your interest in the Best Steam Tractor. We have run into a few delays in our internal process for resolving the new ownership.  We are very much still engaged, and continuing to work on the decision! I promise I will contact you as soon as we have any news to share.

Thank you for your patience,

Valerie Huaco

Director of Collections Oakland Museum if California


UPDATE: September 5, 2018

Recent communication with the Oakland Museum of California indicates the decision as to  the new owner of the Best Steam Traction engine , has been delayed until the end of September.

UPDATE:  August 8, 2018

SHS is currently awaiting the decision by Oakland Museum of California as to who will be the new owner of the Best Steam Traction Engine.  The decision is expected this month.


SHS is working to bring the Best Steam Traction Engine back to Shingletown.  The engine worked in the logging industry from the late 1800’s to 1936 when it was retired.  In early 1970 it was sold to the Oakland Museum of California.

The OMOC is looking for a new owner/custodian.  SHS is preparing a Proposal to submit to OMOC in order to fulfill our DREAM of having this mighty machine returned.

You can contact SHS by email or by phone 530-474-3291 or by calling a Board Member to receive further information.

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