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West Side Lumber Shay - 3 truck No. 15Posted by: Jimmie Stone on 2005-09-12 13:32:57.153
According the the Sugar Pine's Master Mechanic, "YMSPRR Fan" is correct.  #15 has not been out of service.  As said correctly by "YMSPRR Fan", the engine runs in the early and late months of thier season.  The Master mechanic says that the loco has been in continuous service for over 10 years.

British Railways 4-6-2 No. 71000 'Duke of Gloucester'Posted by: Steve Frost on 2005-09-12 05:51:04.803

The BR Class 8 pacific was always unique. It came about from a need for a more powerful machine than the Class 7 pacifics (the Britannia class - see No 70000 'Britannia' and No 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'). Robert Riddles had a lot of success with the Britannias which were a 2 cylinder Pacific - the UK's first. The drive for simplicity needed 2 cylinder types and the 'Brits' were very efficient, but for the west coast route something more powerful was needed.

The LMS Princess and Duchess classes fitted the bill, but one was lost in the Harrow and Whealdstone disaster in the early 1950's. This loco, 'Princess Anne' was interesting and unique in itself, but its loss spurred the design team on to 71000. To get the power needed within the restrictions of the UK loading gauge a 2 cylinder loco came out with cylinders that were too big - they would foul the platform edges.

The solution was a 3 cylinder design, but in the interests of simplicity  British Caprotti poppet valve gear was fitted. The result was the most efficient simple expansion design ever. The boiler was effectively an LMS 'Duchess' type, but the draughting was not well worked out and the engine had a reputation for throwing sparks - hence its nickname, 'the Firey Duke'.

When withdrawn, the outside cylinders were removed, one for display in the Science Museum in London, and the other to keep the remains balanced. The carcase was sold for scrap. Phil Horton's black and white album photo shows the loco rotting away in Barry scrapyard at this time.

However, the remains were rescued from Barry scrapyard and restored. Talk about ambition! New cylinders were cast, machined and fitted, new valve gear manufactured, and the draughting revised - Kylchap exhaust and a better ashpan. the result is magnificent, back on the main line after a protracted overhaul at Bury. No wonder it often carries a Phoenix emblem on the front.

White Pass & Yukon RR 2-8-0 No. 69Posted by: terry Spirek on 2005-09-11 19:50:33.733

This locomotive is now on test runs on the WP&Y as of  9/05.

Phillip Holzmann AG 0-4-0T No. NonePosted by: Jeff Terry on 2005-09-11 12:09:43.437
The running gear on this locomotive was overhauled in 2004-2005, and new tires were installed.  It will be good for many more years of service on the "Rock River Cannon Ball," which operated over Labor Day Weekend and during fall Halloween trips.  The railroad line features grades of up to 5%, which gives No. 3 a real workout.    

NCB, Whitehaven Colliery 0-4-0ST No. 15 'Askham Hall'Posted by: Eliot Andersen on 2005-09-09 16:17:40.523
Askham Hall is now at HAIG COLLIERY MINING MUSEUM in Whitehaven, Cumbria. She is being restored to her full glory.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 12Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-09 00:17:17.317

Correction:  EBT #12 was last operated during the 2000 Fall Spectacular.

Sorry for the bad information.

Little River Lumber Co. Shay - 3 truck No. 2147Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-08 19:59:30.947

1965 Graham County RR No. 2147, Robbinsville, NC, became Bear Creek Scenic RR NO. 214 OLE SIDEWINDER.

1984 move to the Little River Railroad Museum and renumber 2147 "Dorothy". The designation Dorthy, was latter day addition by Little River Railraod Museum honoring Dorthy Fisher, whose generous contributions made possible the establishment of the museum in 1982

Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis RR 4-8-4 No. 576Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-08 19:34:36.727

The Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad bought five 4-8-4 locomotives in 1930, which they called Dixies instead of Northerns. These 1930's Dixies came from American Locomotive Company and were designed Class J-2 and assigned road numbers (565-569). In 1942 and 43, another 20 Class J-3 Dixies road numbers (570-589) came from Alco and were very similar to the Class J-2 except that they weighed 20,000 pounds heavier.

There is one surviving NC&StL Dixie, No. 576. During the 1970's when planning for the Bicentennial Train was taking place, No.576 was considered as power for the eastern tour of the American Freedom Train but it was decided that it was not heavy enough and Reading 2101 was selected instead.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 18Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:28:53.247
Last operated 1956.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 17Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:27:19.37
Last operated during a 2001 photo charter.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 16Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:21:03.58
Last operated 1955.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 15Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:19:34.04

An update on #15:

She is scheduled to operate during the 2005 Fall Spectacular and is very near her first steam up in a few years.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 14Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:17:09.283
Just for the record, the FRA hasn't announced anything concerning EBT #14, however the rest of the statement is true.  #15 is to return within a month.

East Broad Top RR 2-8-2 No. 12Posted by: Lance Myers on 2005-09-08 01:12:46.587
Last operated during 2001 Fall Spectacular.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 4-8-4 No. 3768Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-07 19:09:41.76
The3765 class (3765-3775). These eleven 4-8-4 Northern type were designed by Santa Fe mechanical officers and built in 1937 at the Baldwin Works. They included the latest appliances and were massive from any angle. the locomotive alone weighed just under 250 tons. With the excellent performances the new 3765's turn in, previous 4-8-4 (3751-3764) were soon rebuilt to match them. No. 3768 is the only locomotive of this class to  be preserved.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 4-6-4 No. 3450Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-05 18:41:34.38

Five of these racy Hudsons were asigned to Valley passenger runs during the 1940's, and occasionally wandered down to the Los Angeles divion. They handled trains at better than 100 mph in the valley, but it was not uncommon to see one climbing Tehachapi with a short train. No.3450 optained a larger tender in 1951, and was retired in 1956.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 2-8-0 No. 664Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-05 18:22:42.663
Originally numbered 891, this oil-burning locomotive was used exclusively for friegh in Texas, Oklahoma and surrounding states, although many of this class were operaingon freight lines in California. This particular locomotive's record tells of service on Santa Fe's Northern, Southern, Panhandle, Plains and Gulf Divisions. The engine's appearance changed very little during its fiftyfive year career. The locomotive was in active service when the Santa Fe Railroad donated it to Travel Town. Some engines from this class were rebuilt in to 0-8-0 switchers in the early 1930's

Rio Grande Southern RR 2-8-0 No. 42Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-05 08:13:43.11
John Coker writes: This is a pretty beat-up locomotive. The frame is reportedly broken in five places and welded back together. also some very bad quarter-slip on one driver, and also extensive firebox work is needed. Other RGS engines that are preserved reportedly have similar problems. I understand RGS No. 41 also has frame problems. This is attributed to use of small engines to buck snow and their repeated use on maximum tonnage trains. Frame problems, escecially, are very hard to deal with as the frame's near-perfection is crucial to bearings running cool and lasting a while.

Northern Pacific RR 0-4-0T No. 1 (Minnetonka)Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-04 18:39:32.387

The wood burning Minnetonka was the first locomotive to see service for the Northern Pacific Railway. The locomotive was purchased from Smith and Porter of Pittsburgh. Bult in 1870, it was the workhorse for the start of the Northern Pacific transcontinental railway construction at Carlton, MN. it pull long ,heavy loads of ties and rail behind it. The Minnetonka worked the eastern end of the transcontinental line, and was transferred by rail and boat for construction work between Kalama and Tacoma, Washington after the line was completed. The locomotive remained on the western end of the railroad until it was sold to a logging company. The logging company added the small tender, which carried fuel only. In 1895, it was resold to another logging company, the Polson Logging Company of Hoquiam, Washington, an became known as Old Betsy. it was retired and abandoned in 1928. After a lengthy search by NP, the Minnetonka was discovered in the woods near Hoquiam and was sent to St. Paul for restoration. the little engine was sent to both the Chicago and New York Worlds Fairs    in the 1930s, and was also under steam at the 1948 Chicaco railroad fair. The Minnetonka is still owned by Burlington Nothern Santa Fe Railroad and is loan to the Museum.

Minnesota Steel 0-4-0T No. 7Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-04 18:03:39.773

This little saddle-tank engine was built by Porter Locomotive Works for the United States Steel-Duluth Works in 1915. Designed specifically for working in restricted clearances around the open hearth, the 7-spot spent its entire working life in the US Steel plant in Morgan Park, about six miles south of the Museum. it served as a plant switch engine, moving cars of ore, coal, and coke around the plant. She was designed purposely to allow to move around in tight quarters and sharp curves, and yet be able to move a significant load.

H.K. Porter specialized in building small locomotives for various industrial uses. They offer a very wide variety of sizes and gauges that were used in mines, sugar plantations, road construction, and plants such as US Steel.

Rio Grande Southern RR 4-6-0 No. 20Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-04 15:39:55.28

March of 1899 No.20 is built for Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad named "Portland" At Cripple Creek , Colorado.

January 14, 1916 W.D. Lee purchased three F&CC ten wheelers for the RGS; these will become the second No. 20, No. 22, and No. 25. The No. 20 was a longtime favorite, starring in Ticket To Tomahawk (filmed on the D&RG's Silverton branch).

The first No. 20 is dismantled. Parts (headlight, ect.) were sent to Alamosa for installation on the newwly purchased F&CC engines. The same with the first No.22,and 25. The tender of the first No. 25 was given to No. 20 around Febuary 22, 1916.

March 09, 1916 No. 20 arrived in Durango, after being overhauled in Alamosa.

August 31, 1943 No. 20 and No. 40 are wrecked at cima.the No. 40 is scrapped.

1940 No. 20 rebuilt is completed, using No. 25's cab and No.22's stack. The Sunset herald was applied to the tender during tis rebuild.

1946 No.20 had a thin firebox and was routinely hidden from the ICC inspectors by just happen to be at the far side of the line when the Inspectors arrived. The side-by-side play on the drivers were also quite extreme, the center drivers were off thr rail on 24-deg curves at the Colorado RR Museum.

August 8, 1949 No. 20 begins her role in Ticket to Tomahawk as Emma Sweeny,the Tomahawk and Western No. 1. the engine sported a large oil headlight with antlers, diamond stack, and link and pin couplers Even the builder's plates had been changed. The tender was also repainted, and now wore a picture of a sailing ship.

September 1949 No.74 breaks an engine spring, and No. 20 is pressed into service on the fall stock rush still wearing her movie paint.

November of 1949 No.20, usually working out of Durango,is sent to Ridgeway, apparently for a new paint job.

1952 No. 20 sold to the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club. Currently on display at the Colorado Railroad Musuem.

Grand Trunk Western RR 0-8-0 No. 8374Posted by: Bill Manon on 2005-09-02 22:03:40.987

This Locomotive GTW 8374 has been sold and will be moved to Nebraska within the next year.

for that matter both of the Galt engines (8374 & 8305) have been sold and will be removed from the Galt area.


Canadian Pacific RR 4-6-0 No. 453Posted by: George on 2005-09-02 19:08:03.753
the locomotive is by a train store called k&k trains near the Home Depo, it is in Utica but not by Union station a different engine is there 

Rio Grande Railroad 2-4-0 No. 1Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-02 17:27:13.803

A railroad connceted Port Isabel to Brownsville for nearly seventy years, from 1872 through 1940. At first it was a twentysix mile, narrow-gauge facility called Rio Grande Railway. it was converted to standard gauge in 1925 and in 1928 was aquired by a entity, the Port Isabel and Rio Grande valley Railroad.

One of the purpose of  organization  of the railroad, then known as the Rio Grande Railroad, was to break the monopoly held by Richard King and Miffin Kenedy who owned a successfully Operated a line of twentysix steamships, their charges for services were regared as high as in sky high.

London & North Western Railway 2-2-2 No. 3020 'Cornwall'Posted by: Steve Frost on 2005-09-02 17:01:37.167
This is a remarkable survivor. The building date of 1847 doesn't give the full story, as it was built as a Crampton design with the extremely low slung boilers that were a characteristic of all Cramptons. Francis Trevithick rebuilt it with a conventional layout and higher pitched boiler, which was replaced at the end of the 19th century with the present boiler as shown. As train weights increased, single driver locos couldn't handle them, and the small boiler that the high level of the driving axle required (7 feet 9 inches wheels) meant that they were rapidly outclassed by 4-4-0s. Cornwall survived as the loco used by the engineers on inspection work. A single saloon coach was well within its capabilities. Withdrawal came in the early 1920's but it was saved for presevation. Incidentally, even the tender isn't original - it was attached in 1920, coming from a withdrawn DX class 0-6-0 goods engine. 'Cornwall' appeared at the 1925 centenary celebrations of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, and is now not very far away from the site of the displays and parade of that event, but it is a longer distance to its spiritual home at Crewe. Pity.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 2-6-2 No. 1010Posted by: Tyler on 2005-09-02 11:15:06.76

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe a mile a minute is 60mph (60 minutes in an hour divided by 60 miles an hour)

As for the 98mph, yes this speed was clocked, although I have seen some webpages claim up to 106mph, but this is unconfirmed...

Nevada Northern RR 4-6-0 No. 40Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-09-01 20:32:52.123

There's seem to be three things for sure in life Death, taxs, and Federal Railroad Administration boiler inspection.

Locomotive No.40 is a 4-6-0 steam locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Nevada Northern Railroad in 1910. Locomotive No.40 has spent its entire life on the Nevada Northern and was still steaming. No.40 was taken out of service in 2002. After 92 years of service, where it seem like nothing could stop her, the Federal Goverment finally did. New regulations from Washington required the boiler and firebox of locomotive No. 40 be completely disassembled, inspected, ultrasonically tested,and rebuilt. At the same time her running gear, rods, springs, and wheels was rebuilt. Now No. 40 is better then when she left Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1910.


Norfolk & Western Railway 4-8-4 No. 611Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-08-31 16:06:14.623

The Norfolk & Western built a fleet of fourteen 4-8-4 that were excellent balance of strendth and speed.They were built by the N&W's own forces in its shops in Roanoke,Virgina.

In 1950, after the big three steam locomotive builters had stopped building steam locomotives,the Norfolk & Western Railway built three more Class J-1s (611 through 613) These last three were the last steam passenger locomotives built for an American railroad.However,they were so well desinged and built that one could be pulled by several people with a rope.611 has McGill Multirol Bearings, roller bearings on rods and engine, plus driving, trailer, and tender wheels.


Louisville & Nashville RR 4-6-2 No. 152Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-08-31 15:25:59.27
Louisville & Nashville Railroad No. 152 is a Pacific type locomotive built by Rogers Locomovtive Works aka (Alco). No. 152 is the official steam locomotive of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as designated by an act of the Kentucky Legislature. It is also listed on the nstional registry of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Graham County RR Shay - 3 truck No. 1926Posted by: peter m. preston on 2005-08-30 20:12:29.6
While at Graham County Railroad's Bemis Lumber Company, after an accident, builder's plate 3299 displayed in front change to 3229, which it still display today. Locomotive is under restoration
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