Lake Superior & Ishpeming RR 2-8-0 No. 34
Ridgeley, WV, United States
Location: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (Shop)
Status: Out of Service
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Posted: Jun 17, 2019 @ 07:06:54 by Billy
No news yet on 734 I miss her
Posted: May 2, 2017 @ 12:05:44 by
As of April of 2016, 734 has been out of service to prepare for her 1,472 day inspection. It is expected to take some time with 1309 expected to return to steam soon.
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 @ 06:02:54 by Jacob Woods
The 734 will go down for her 1472 at the end of 2015. Apparently she has already undergone some running gear work, but the engine has seen better days and is ready for an overhaul. She was last given a 1472 in 2000-2001.
Posted: Dec 8, 2010 @ 18:12:45 by Jim Boyd
The headlight on WMS 734 was donated by me. It is from CB&Q 4-6-3 3010 that was in the Northwestern Steel & Wire scrap line in Sterling, Ill. The light at the end of the tunnel ... IS MINE! :)
Posted: Nov 1, 2009 @ 02:11:09 by run202run
7(34) was NOT converted to oil.
Posted: Aug 1, 2008 @ 12:08:08 by Railfan_85
As noted in an earlier post, 734, aka Mountain Thunder, was NEVER owned by the Western Maryland.
Posted: Mar 5, 2008 @ 15:03:21 by P.W.& B. Railroad
734 has converted from coal to oil.
Posted: Jan 21, 2008 @ 14:01:30 by Trevor
WMSR No.734 or L.S.&.I. RR No.34 (Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad) was released from Baldwin Locomotive Works on April 16, 1916. She was built with 57 inch drivers and a operating preasure of 185psi. She worked in the L.S.&.I.'s base in Marquette,Michigan. She worked there wiht her sisters (33,35, and 36) until No.34 was retired in 1956. She sat in the Marquette deadline intill 1971 when she and No.35 were bought by the IRR (Illinoes Railroad Museum). No.34 sat there until 1992 when she was bought by the WMSR from Restoration. She was restored in a year by the shop forces and now has several improvements. No. 734 has an 200psi boiler preassure and a new tender from a NYC Mohawk No.2662. She also got renumbered and many improvements were made to her to make her look like a WMRY 2-8-0. Although she represents every class of the WMRY's 2-8-0's
Posted: Nov 19, 2006 @ 17:11:43 by MP
As noted in an earlier post, 734, aka Mountain Thunder, was NEVER owned by the Western Maryland.
Posted: Mar 13, 2006 @ 10:03:37 by Spooler734
That is correct, the tender 734 carries behhind her now is off of NYC Mohawk 2662. Her original tender was too small to carry the coal ad water needed for the trips she powers. Her L.S.&I. tender was also badly damaged in a fire creating a huge hole in the water bunk. It is now perminantly retired to track 12 of WM Ridgely shops. A note to the moderators of this site, 734 had her tires replaced this year (early 2006) her drivers are now 57 inches tall.
Posted: Feb 11, 2006 @ 18:02:30 by OHS
734's curent tender is not her origanail.
Posted: Dec 30, 2005 @ 09:12:53 by Spooler734
My dates were wrong. Lake Superior & Ishpeming RR No. 34 was retired in 1951 by the L.S.&I then sold to Marquette & Huron Mountain Railroad Copany in July of 1663. Then in November of 1967 it was sold to the Illinois Railway Museum. Then in 1991 t was purchased by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Posted: Dec 30, 2005 @ 05:12:46 by Spooler734
WMSR #734 Engine Number 43105 Built by The Baldwin Locomotive works in Philadalphia in April 16, 1916 as a 2-8-0 for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad as #34. She sits on 56 inch drivers and has a boiler presure level around 200 pound per square inch. She spent her life dock swiching and pulling iron ore hoppers in Michigans upper peninsula. She was retired in 1951 and was purchased by the Illionois Railroad Museum in 1971 and then later on purchased by the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in 1991. She was then restored by the WMSR crew and put into sevice in 1993. As the years when on the crew added on to her to make her look more Original WM. Like She is now sporting a small snow plow called a rock knocker and trailing behind her is a huge 6 axle ex NYC Mohawk tender from engine 2663. The bell is off of WM H-9 2-8-0 816. She Is Currently 89 years old and the Largest 2-8-0 in service in the US. She is also one of the most reconized Scenis railroad steamers today.
Posted: Feb 17, 2005 @ 23:02:19 by matt
this engine was owned by the western maryland!
Posted: Nov 7, 2004 @ 07:11:13 by craig smith

#734 is the only working steam locomotive on the roster.