SOO Line 2-8-2 no. 1003 has become a very popular Christmas Train attraction, and this year it has a very busy schedule. En route from Hartford, WI to Janesville last weekend for one such event, no. 1003 operated on a photo special on the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad organized by Historic Transport Preservation. See the results here.
Word comes from Calgary that Canadian Pacific Railroad has ended its steam locomotive program. The recent trip to Vancouver and return turns out to have the locomotive’s last trip. After being winterized, the steam crew was notified that their jobs were being eliminated.
Other changes in CPR’s specialty programs, such as the Royal Canadian Pacific excursions and the Holiday Trains, appear to be in the offing as well.
On October 3 the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum played host to a Historic Transport Preservation photo special. Beginning before dawn and going until well after sunset, museum volunteers put on a spectacular recreation of Maine two-foot railroading prior to the Depression.
For the second time in history, Lima Locomotive counterparts Pere Marquette no. 1225 and Nickel Plate Road no. 765 will be reunited, this time for TrainFestival 2009 in Owosso, Michigan at the Steam Railroading Institute. This unique celebration allows the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and the Steam Railroading Institute another opportunity to work together in their railroad preservation mission. The official press release can be read online here.
Both no. 765 and no. 1225 will operate passenger excursions during TrainFestival 2009. Tickets are now on sale for a special earlybird discount at www.trainfestival2009.com
Railroad Development Corporation’s (RDC’s) 2 QJ-type steam locomotives will operate on the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) October 18-19, 2008. All proceeds from the events will benefit the Salvation Army’s efforts to assist communities through its territory impacted by June’s flooding.
With the passing of regular steam passenger excursions, many feared the end to Ohio Central steam completely, but that is not the case. Now, with the apparent sale of the railroad in the works, fears of a complete end to steam have arisen, but the railroad has allayed concerns, stating “the steamers (and numerous historic diesels) are safe, and face a bright future of operations.” In addition, the company has stated that “A lot will be happening with [the] steamers that will be good news to
steam fans and Nickel Plate Road fans alike.”
Indeed, OC steam will be alive and well this fall.
The Ohio Central Railroad’s official Steam Department website received a face lift late last 2007, incorporating a new locomotive to the department’s roster: NKP Berkshire no. 763, which had been purchased from the Virginia Museum of Transportation that same year. Chief Mechanical Officer Tim Sposato reports that the mechanical planning committee has been discussing the work required to all engines as well as laying out the rebuilding program for no. 763. In addition, Grand Trunk Western 4-8-4 no. 6325 has received light repairs, with more substantial work being discussed. Additional news and a recap of 2007’s work has been also been posted.
Before the work on no. 763 commences in full stride, the railroad is wisely keeping capable Candian Pacific 4-6-2 no. 1293 and recently restored Lake Superior & Ishpeming 2-8-0 no. 33 up to spec, including installing a new set of tender wheels for 1293. No. 33 had a public unveiling on April 19th, 2008 for the Ohio Rail Tourism Association when it operated a passenger train full of attendees from Sugarcreek, Ohio to the railroad’s Morgan Run shops.
The Ohio Central also operated No. 1293 at the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and Byesville Scenic Railway in a number of successful outings in 2007 and the OC Steam Team will return to the Cuyahoga September 24th-28th and Byesville again October 3rd-5th.
John West has updated his website with photos of the Durango Railway Historical Society’s ex-D&RGW 2-8-0 no. 315 operating on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. They start here – see the rest by clicking the ‘next’ link, then enjoy the rest of John’s photos from around the world.
No. 315 will be operating on the C&TS three days in July – see the Schedules page for more details.