Northwest Railway Museum fires up Northern Pacific 0-6-0

News Wire Digest for May 27: New tender body arrives for Maine 4-6-2 project; St. Paul's Train Days move online
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Wednesday morning preservation and railfan news:

Northwest Railway Museum fires up Northern Pacific 0-6-0

The Northwest Railway Museum has fired up Northern Pacific No. 924, an 0-6-0 built in 1899 by Rogers Locomotive Works for the St. Paul & Duluth Railroad. The locomotive returned to steam on May 18, operating under its own power in testing on the shop track of the museum in Snoqualmie, Wash. Work on the locomotive, in progress since 2016, is continuing with “completion of vital systems” anticipated for the second quarter of this year. Those wishing to support the project can make donations here.

New tender body arrives for Maine Central No. 470
In a key milestone for its restoration of Maine Central 4-6-2 No. 470, New England Steam Corp. has received a new tender body built for use with the locomotive. The Bangor Daily News reports the tender, built by Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Inc., arrived Friday at the restoration project’s site in Hancock, Me. It will replace the original tender, which sustained extensive rust damage while the locomotive was on outdoor display for 62 years in Waterville, Me. The tender body cost $128,000; drafting blueprints for its construction and building a frame for the body — which can hold 98,000 gallons of water and 10 tons of coal — will likely push the total cost over $200,000. Restoration of the locomotive, built by Alco in 1924, began in 2016 after New England Steam Corp. purchased it from city of Waterville. The non-profit organization is restoring the locomotive to operating condition; plans are for it to eventually operate on the Downeast Scenic Railroad in Hancock. More information is available here.

St. Paul's Train Days go virtual
Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn., will take its annual Train Days event online with a six-part video miniseries because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The depot’s marketing manager, Lindsay Boyd, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it was clear in March that the event, which drew 11,000 people in 2019, would have to take a different form, “so we had some time to plan the virtual series.” The first part of the online series, detailing the history of the station and railroading, was produced in collaboration with the Friends of the 261 and Minnesota Transportation Museum. It will debut June 7 at 5 p.m. CDT on the Union Depot website.



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