Museum of Transportation unveils two cosmetically restored steam locomotives

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ST. LOUIS — The Museum of Transportation formally unveiled two cosmetically restored steam locomotives at a ceremony May 20. The two historically significant locomotives are Wabash 2-6-0 No. 573 and New York Central 4-8-2 “Mohawk” No. 2933. The Wabash Historical Society and New York Central Historical Society contributed to the restoration projects.

Wabash No. 573 languished for years in the museum’s back lot until restoration began in 2011. The Rhode Island Locomotive Works built No. 573 in 1899. It was retained two years after the Wabash dieselized because of a bridge that could not support the weight of diesels, and was the last operating Wabash steam locomotive. It weighs 215,825 pounds in working order and has 64-inch drivers. Wabash donated it to the museum in 1955.

Alco built the 4-8-2 in 1929 for NYC affiliate Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway as No. 6233. It was renumbered 2933 in 1936 when the locomotive was transferred to New York Central. No. 2933 was officially retired in August 1957, and stored at the shops in Selkirk, N.Y. On June 13, 1963, NYC President Alfred Perlman presented 2933 and electric S-motor No. 113 to the Museum of Transportation in a ceremony at St. Louis Union Station. It was New York Central’s only donation of a modern steam locomotive.

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