Duluth museum to continue work on Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28, other engines

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No. 28 in the shop before rebuilding in 2011.
Steve Glischinski

DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Railroad Museum is planning to move Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 from the Cloquet Terminal Railroad shop in Cloquet to Duluth to finish restoration work. Cloquet Terminal, the successor of the Duluth & Northeastern, had been performing a rebuild of No. 28 at its shop. A recent change in railroad management led to the decision to return the engine to Duluth for completion. The museum hopes to have the engine back in Duluth by October.

The museum has purchased new flues for the locomotive, and has been successful in raising funds to complete the restoration. Over the winter months and into the spring of 2015, volunteers and museum staff plan to continue work on the locomotive with the goal of having it operational for excursion runs over the museum’s North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors in autumn 2015. Until 2013, the North Shore Scenic used former Soo Line 4-6-2 No. 2719 for steam excursions out of Duluth, but the locomotive came due for its federally mandated 1472-day overhaul. That engine’s final run was on Sept. 14, 2013.

Alco built No. 28 in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe & Northern as No. 332. It was purchased by Duluth & Northeastern from DM&N successor Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range in 1955. It remained in regular service until 1964, and was retained by D&NE until 1974, when it was donated to the museum.

Other steam locomotives at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum are also seeing work. The museum has funding to repaint Duluth & Northern Minnesota 2-8-2 No. 14. The locomotive was built in 1913 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and is one of the last remaining engines from Minnesota’s once vast network of logging railroads. It was built for the Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad, owned by the Alger-Smith Lumber Co. D&NM’s headquarters were at Knife River, midway between Duluth and Two Harbors along North Shore Scenic’s current route. The engine was restored and pulled excursion trains on the railroad between 1992 and 1998. The museum hopes to have the engine repainted before winter.

Work is also continuing at the museum shop to cosmetically restore Northern Pacific 2-6-2 No. 2435. Alco built the locomotive in 1907 at its Brooks Works at Dunkirk, N.Y. It is the last survivor of 150 examples of the Class T type, as NP categorized its 2-6-2 locomotives. The Class T engines were designed for use on the plains of Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Using funds from donors, museum members and a Legacy Grant from the state of Minnesota, more than $30,000 is being invested to remove asbestos, rebuild the cab, sandblast and repaint the engine, replace several appliances, and install cab equipment that has been in storage.

No. 2435 made its final run in May 1954 after operating approximately 1,680,000 miles. Two months later it was selected for donation to the city of Duluth, and was placed on display at Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo (Fairmont Park) in July 1954. It was moved to the museum in 1977.

For more information on the organizations, go to www.lsrm.org and www.northshorescenicrailroad.org.

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