Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 to move next month

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DULUTH, Minn. – The Lake Superior Railroad Museum plans to move Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 from Cloquet to Duluth in November. The locomotive is stored at the Cloquet Terminal shop in Cloquet. Cloquet Terminal, the successor of short line Duluth & Northeastern had been working since December 2011 to restore the locomotive to operating condition for the museum, but a change in railroad management earlier this year has resulted in the railroad terminating the project.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum Executive Director Ken Buhler tells Trains News Wire the move has been delayed while the museum repairs a scored axle on the lead truck discovered during a pre-move inspection. Next week the museum hopes to remove the lead truck and move it to the Cragan Machine Shop in Superior, Wis., where it will be turned and new brass installed. The truck will then be reinstalled under the locomotive, allowing it to make the 41-mile move over BNSF Railway to the museum’s shop in Duluth.

Once back at the museum, there are only three major projects remaining to complete the restoration, Buhler says. New flues, which are already on hand, will be installed in the boiler, a job being handled by the Friends of the 261’s Steve Sandberg. New insulation and jacketing must also be installed, followed by repainting the engine. The museum hopes No. 28 can pull trips on its North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn. in the fall of 2015.

American Locomotive Co. built the engine 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 and renumbered 28. It remained in regular service until 1964, and was retained by D&NE until 1974, when it was donated to the museum.

The museum’s former steam star, Soo Line 4-6-2 No. 2719 owned by the Locomotive & Tower Preservation Fund of Eau Claire, Wis., has been steam cleaned and will be placed on display inside the museum. It made its last run in September 2013 before coming due for its federally mandated 1,472-day inspection.

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