Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 operations pushed back to March

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Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28's tender rests in a yard awaiting re-mating to the locomotive. It is now expected to steam again in 2017.
TRAINS: Jim Wrinn
DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28, undergoing restoration at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, will make its first test runs in March 2017, the museum announced recently. While museum officials had hoped to have the engine completed this fall, as with many steam restorations, work took longer than expected. The locomotive has been under restoration since 2011.

With boiler tubes installed, the clock began running on the 15-year or 1,472-day federal inspection requirements on Nov. 4. With that in mind, the museum decided rather than rush the engine out to service, that it would take time during the winter months to complete the project. Plans are to make test runs and donor appreciation trips in late March.

“We had hoped to get the engine running this year, but seeing that the clock for the federal inspection was going to start in November anyway, we decided to get the whole thing together and painted and roll her out in March,” museum Executive Director Ken Buehler tells Trains News Wire.

In December, the museum’s board of directors will meet to set dates for the test runs and donor trips, and operations during the railroad’s regular season, Buehler says. The locomotive will operate on the museum’s North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn., a former Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway line the engine once operated on.

American Locomotive Co.’s Pittsburgh Works built the engine in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe & Northern as No. 332. It was purchased by short line and one-time logging railroad Duluth & Northeastern from DM&N successor Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range in 1955 and renumbered No. 28. The locomotive remained in service until 1964, much longer than most other steam engines in revenue service. D&NE donated it to the museum in 1974.

The museum is still seeking funds to complete the project.

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