Progress on Pere Marquette 1225

The Steam Railroading Institute, custodian of Pere Marquette 2-8-4 no. 1225, maintains a great Facebook Page documenting their progress in returning no. 1225 to service. They’ve posted several excellent photos of the crew driving rivets as part of the firebox repairs. If you’ve never seen this work in person, take a look – this is preservation not only of equipment, but nearly obsolete skills in today’s world.

National Public Radio report on TrainFestival

Photo by Dennis Livesy.

NPR report here.

Steam train enthusiasts from around the world are converging on Owosso, Mich., this week for a once-in-a-generation gathering. The Steam Railroading Institute is hosting a train festival it says is unlike anything since the World’s Fair in 1984.

Also, a local TV report here.

By all accounts TrainFestival attendance is exceeding expectations – great news in the current economy.

Pere Marquette no. 1225 out and about

(Photo by Michael Allen.)

The Steam Railroading Institute’s Pere Marquette 2-8-4 no. 1225 was out and about this week at the request of RailAmerica. Departing Owosso at dawn on June 17, it picked up a a 15-car freight train in Durand before being turned (which required a trip onto CN’s ex-GTW main and around the landmark Durand Union Station) and heading up RailAmerica’s ex-GTW Huron & Eastern to Bay City.

On June 18, 1225 hauled a dinner train for guests of RailAmerica. Once its duties were completed, 1225 made a night-time trip back from Bay City to Owosso, arriving about 3:00am on June 19th. See more photos of the action on here and here.

Here’s hoping that TJ Gaffney, Greg Udolph, and the entire crew (including RailAmerica’s Charlie Kricher) get caught up on their sleep this weekend.

1225’s next outing will be a July 26 round trip to Alma, MI – see the Schedules page for details.

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