Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1003 to make special Chicago-area appearance in August

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Soo Line No. 1003 with a photo freight near Randolph, Wis., in October 2016.
Steam Locomotive Heritage Association
HARTFORD, Wis. — Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1003 will make a 200-mile journey from Hartford, Wis., to Chicago in August to attend a charity event for Shriners Hospital for Children, the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association announced this week.

The 2-8-2 Mikado and two cabooses will be on display at the Galewood Metra Station from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. There is no cost for the event, but donations received will benefit the children’s hospital and the steam preservation group.

The association is still finalizing No. 1003’s departure from Hartford and routing to Galewood Metra station. Exact routing plans will be announced soon.

American Locomotive Co. in Schenectady, N.Y, built Soo Line No. 1003 in 1913. The locomotive spent much of its revenue years working the throughout the Soo Line system before retired in August 1959. The locomotive was first restored in the mid-1990s and again in February 2011 through September 2012. It returned to service in October 2012.

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