Railroad preservationists partner on restoration of former U.S. Army 0-6-0

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Brett and his team are hoping to raise $10,000 toward the restoration of U.S. Army 0-6-0 No. 5002.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two railroad preservationists, one from Minnesota and another from Alabama, are working together on a project that would restore a former U.S. Army 0-6-0 to operating condition.

Brett Goertemoeller, a steam railroad preservation residing near St. Paul and Bruce Crawford, a railroader from Alabama, are currently in the early stages of moving U.S. Army S100 0-6-0 No. 5002 from Pennsylvania to an undisclosed location in Wisconsin for restoration.

The locomotive, which was last in operation more than 40 years ago, is currently at the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown, Pa., where it has been evaluated and prepared for restoration since arriving from the Kentucky Railway Museum years prior.

Goertemoeller hopes to transport the Porter-built 0-6-0 to the Midwest for restoration in the next month or so, with restoration work beginning soon thereafter.

Goertemoeller and his business partner have invested their own funds in buying the locomotive and any restoration work performed going forward will be done by Goertemoeller’s business, BMG Railroad Contractors.

“We’re going to restore it to operation and back in the U.S. Army scheme,” Goertemoeller tells Trains News Wire.

The consultancy firm has experience in several steam locomotive projects ranging in size from live steam locomotives all the way to full size projects, including the 1,472-day inspection on California Western 2-8-2 No. 45.

In addition, Goertemoeller is the director of railroad operations for the Kentucky Steam Heritage’ Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 No. 2716 project.

Earlier this summer, he served as an instructor for the first class of the expeditionary railway center at Fort Eustis, Va. The facility teaches soldiers about combat railway operations and logistics.

U.S. Army 0-6-0 No. 5002 was built in August 1942 to support the efforts of World War II. According to a web page dedicated to the locomotive’s restoration, No. 5002 was believed to have operated in the Philadelphia Naval yard with several other 0-6-0s.

In 1948, the locomotive was sold as surplus to E.J. Lavino & Company of Sheridan, Pa., for use in local switching operations at industrial sites until the railroad converted to diesel in the mid-1950s. The locomotive would then end up at Tombstone Junction, a western Kentucky theme park, before being displayed at the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Ky.

To aid in the locomotive’s transport to the Midwest and for future restoration efforts, Goertemoeller has launched a GoFundMe page.

Ideally, Goertemoeller and his team hope to restore the locomotive for operation at military-themed venues at tourist railroads and other museum properties.

As for when the locomotive will be fully operation, Goertemoeller says that depends on the extent of funding.

The GoFundMe page is available online.

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