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The Restoration of Locomotive #28 the 28 in cloquet

Over the past 6 years, thousands of dollars and countless hours of work have made it possible to begin operations of D&NE Locomotive #28, now operational and steamed up to pull excursions on the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

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Below are some photos from over the past couple years during the project's restoration.

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A dedication excursion was held June 10th and 11th, 2017.After donating, contributors were treated to the ride!

Progress to Date:

The engine has been test fired for 2017 excursions. There is a little bit more work to finish things up, and then its time to buy lots of coal. We use about 7 tons on a round trip to Two Harbors. Contributions today go directly towards ongoing maintenance of the engine (and there is alot) and supplies to keep it functioning. With 4 different kinds of lubricants on it alone, there is alot of expenses to keep it operating.

Past Developments:

Fraser Shipyards of Superior completed the re-tubing of the boiler at cost, but this was an expensive part of the project. The St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority helped with a $30,000 contribution to make this precise work get done.

Thanks to:

The members of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
#28 Restoration Fund Donors & Volunteers
Missabe Road Historical Society
Tom E. Dailey Foundation
Chippewa Valley Railroad
LSRM/NSSR Volunteers
SAPPI
Cloquet Terminal Railroad
BNSF (For the great job they did moving the engine to and from Cloquet)
Fraser Shipyards
Arrowhead Autobody
Friends of #261
Carlton County Fair Board
Hard working volunteer crews of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Every dollar donated goes directly to getting this engine fired up. Any excess dollars will go towards finishing up the work and getting coal in the tender for the first run, that you will be a part of!

History of the locomotive:

The #28 locomotive was built by the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe and Northern as their No. 332.

A typical drag freight consolidation type engine of the early 1900s, she weighs in at 102 tons (172 tons with tender loaded). The capacity of the tender is 8,000 gallons of water and 12 tons of coal.

This style of locomotive was designed to be used in general freight service, working slowly along the line setting out and picking up cars from sidings along the way. No. 28 was sold to the D&NE in 1955, and was used to haul logs, lumber products and some general freight. It worked in this service until 1964 and was last under steam in 1965. The D&NE restored and donated the locomotive to the Museum in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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