Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 returns to Lake Superior Railroad Museum

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DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 was successfully moved from the Cloquet Terminal Railroad shops in Cloquet to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth on Tuesday.

Cloquet Terminal, 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 last year resulted in the railroad terminating the project.

Now that the engine is back at the museum, museum employees and volunteers will finish work to restore No. 28 to operating condition. New flues, which are already on hand, will be installed in the boiler, a job to be 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 this fall.

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.

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