Duluth 2-8-0 sidelined with mechanical problems

Trips scheduled for the weekend of July 22 are cancelled
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Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 as it appeared in Duluth, Minn., on June 10. Mechanical problems have sidelined the locomotive for the next several weeks.
Steve Glischinski
DULUTH, Minn. — Mechanical problems with newly restored Duluth & Northeastern 2-8-0 No. 28 have forced the Lake Superior Railroad Museum to cancel a series of steam trips this weekend, resulting in a considerable financial loss for the museum.

Connecting rod bearing problems cropped up during No. 28’s trip for donors on June 11. The bearings were replaced in time for public trips June 23 to 25. After those trips, the steam crew decided to replace other bearings on the engine, and also do work on No. 28’s slide valves. The parts had to be machined at a local shop, but the order was not placed in time for the vendor to have the parts completed and installed on the engine in time for this weekend’s trips.

No. 28 had been scheduled to pull a Duluth-Two Harbors trip on Friday, a special charter to Two Harbors on Saturday, and two Duluth-Palmers, Minn. trips on Sunday. The museum is giving refunds to those who purchased tickets for the trips, and offering passengers the opportunity to purchase tickets for the now diesel-powered trips.

The museum hopes to have work on No. 28 completed in time for the next series of trips scheduled for Aug. 18 to 20.

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