Years and years ago, my Dad and I (He's been gone for over 50 years) would sit and talk about steam and different engines. He was as big a nut as I was and am and he started in engine service in 1916 but loved running steam. He had also seen and worked on everything steam the Frisco had to offer. I had found a picture of the 2004, a 2-8-8-2 Mallet and we were looking at it. I wondered aloud why the Frisco numbered them from 2001-2007 and why they didn't start at 2000. Other than the Russian Decapods Frisco always started numbering series at 00. Dad told me that there actually was an engine numbered 2000, but it was different from the other six and was smaller. I argued with him, since the "experts" in the magazines and books had said there were only six of them. I never gave it much thought since I had marriage, fatherhood and a stint in the Army after that and Dad lost his life in an auto accident in 1964. A month ago, I saw an old photo postcard on ebay. It was all faded and bleached out, but it was a picture of an engine numbered 2000 and it looked like it said Frisco on the cab side. I bid on it and won, paid more than I wanted but got it. I scanned it and have been working on it in Photoshop and haven't been able to really rescue it like l wanted, but I'm able to verify it is Frisco, numbered and is an American Loco Works 2-6-6-2 Mallet compound. I've asked a couple of people who are savvy on American Loco and speculated that maybe it was either a "catalog" engine or an engine built for another small road that didn't pick it up. I’ve since found an engine diagram for the 2000. I also found a picture in an old magazine of what looks to be the 2000 in a roundhouse. All of this has absolutely blown me away. All these years I thought I knew everything that was worth knowing about Frisco steam power. I can’t wait to show all of this to Joe Collias. At any rate, I guess I owe Dad a long overdue apology. Never argue with someone who has been there and done that.