Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1003 underwent a series of test firings last week at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford. With assistance from Wisconsin & Southern Railroad President Bill Gardner, the locomotive is being rebuilt by 1003 Operations, LLP, at a cost of approximately $400,000.
Now in its 5th year, National Train Day is back to celebrate train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people with events across America. This year, festivities will highlight the unique perspective passengers enjoy as they take in the vastness and beauty of the American landscape, from cities big and small, to country vistas and everything in between, when traveling by rail.
Tickets are now on sale at the Cheyenne Depot Museum for a one way Union Pacific 844 steam excursion on July 22. The trip will be to ferry the locomotive and cars from Denver to Cheyenne following the Denver Post Frontier Days Train the day before. Buses will be available to shuttle passengers from Cheyenne for the return trip to Denver and Denver area residents south after arrival in Cheyenne.
Kennesaw, Georgia museum to celebrate Great Locomotive Chase‘s 150th anniversary.
The General locomotive, one of the largest artifacts of the Civil War, is a prized piece in the collection at the Kennesaw Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. The steam engine will be the centerpiece of an April celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase.
This was my first chance to ride the Orange Blossom Cannonball, the new 1907 Florida steam train ride departing out of Tavares, Florida near Orlando. My father was spending the winter in the area and this would be a great way to celebrate both of our upcoming birthdays, riding the rails on an early American steam train traveling through the backwoods of Central Florida.
We were going to be stepping back in time, traveling aboard the Orange Blossom Cannonball, that currently departs the Tavares Depot on Saturdays and Sundays. This leisurely trip riding in wooden passenger cars, originally built for the Memphis, Dallas & Gulf Railroad in 1915, turned out to be a very relaxing and fun. The MD&G was a predecessor of the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Just listening to that steam engine’s whistle at each road crossing brought back memories of long ago as we rolled along the Florida country side.
The Arizona Centennial Commission has declared that the “Grand Canyon Limited” is now an Official Event of the 2012 Arizona Celebrations and the Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive will run a 6 day steam train ride May 14-19 to the Grand Canyon.
Operating plans call for the Grand Canyon Limited to be pulled by ATSF 3751, the first of 65 BLW 4-8-4 steam locomotives delivered to the Santa Fe beginning in 1927, from Los Angeles to Arizona via Parker and return.
Additional operating plans call for a round-trip doubleheader operation with the former BLW CB&Q No.4960, a 1923 2-8-2 steam locomotive, on the Grand Canyon Railroad between Williams and the Grand Canyon South Rim.
NKP 765 set to pull steam excursions
for employees celebrating Norfolk Southern’s 30 years of service.
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society is proud to announce that the 1944 restored Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive No. 765 has been selected to help celebrate Norfolk Southern’s 30th Anniversary.The locomotive will pull special business trains operating out of the railroad’s terminals in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, and Muncie, Indiana as well as in Bellevue and Toledo, Ohio.
North Carolina Transportation Museum
Spencer, North Carolina
This is a unique opportunity to live your dream of running a steam locomotive, and taking a trip back in time to the golden age of railroading. Take the throttle for a full half hour cab ride while operating the former Lehigh Valley Coal Company No. 126 steam engine. You will be accompanied be a qualified engineer that will be in the cab with you at all times.
Saturday, May 5
- Pineywoods Steam Excursion
11:00am to 3:30pm
Enjoy a steam excursion through the piney woods of East Texas.
Tickets: Click here for ticket prices
The Northshore Scenic Railroad will be running six-hour round trip steam excursions from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota behind the 1923 4-6-2 Alco built Soo 2719 steam locomotive. The 2012 steam train rides will run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the months of August and September.
Sit back and enjoy the changing countryside as you parallel the shoreline of Lake Superior to historic Two Harbors, Minnesota, pulled by the Pacific class Soo Line 2719 steam locomotive.