Soo Line 2719

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Soo Line 2719
Soo Line 2719 Steams from Duluth to Two Harbors, MN.jpg
Soo Line 2719 on the North Shore Scenic Railroad, September 2009
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder American Locomotive Company
Serial number 64314
Model H-23
Build date May 1923
Total produced 6
Specifications
Configuration 4-6-2
UIC classification 2′C1′ h2
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
36 in (914 mm)
Driver diameter 75 in (1,905 mm)
Trailing wheel
diameter
50 in (1,270 mm)
Wheelbase 31 ft 10 in (9.70 m)
Length Loco: 46 ft 7 12 in (14.21 m),
Loco & tender: 82 ft 6 34 in (25.17 m)
Width 10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)
Height 15 ft 3 12 in (4.66 m)
Weight on drivers 172,400 lb (78.2 tonnes)
Locomotive weight 281,080 lb (127.5 tonnes)
Locomotive and tender
combined weight
497,080 lb (225.5 tonnes)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 35,000 lb (15.9 tonnes)
Water capacity 12,000 US gal (45,000 l; 10,000 imp gal)
Boiler pressure 200 lbf/in2 (1.38 MPa)
Feedwater heater Worthington SCA-2A
Firegrate area 52.75 sq ft (4.901 m2)
Heating surface:
– Flues
3,172 sq ft (294.7 m2)
– Firebox 207 sq ft (19.2 m2)
– Total 4,639 sq ft (431.0 m2)
Superheater area 1,260 sq ft (117 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 25 in × 26 in (635 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Valve type Piston valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 36,833 lbf (163.84 kN)
Factor of
adhesion
4.68
Career
Operator(s) Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (“Soo Line”)
Class H-23
Number in class 2 of 6
Number(s) 2719
Locale Wisconsin and Minnesota, United States
Delivered May 1923
Retired June 21, 1959
Restored 1996–1998
Current owner Locomotive and Tower Preservation Fund, Ltd.
Disposition

Display

Soo Line Locomotive 2719
Location Duluth, Minnesota
Area less than one acre
Architectural style Other, Steam Locomotive
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 93001453[1]
Added to NRHP January 10, 1994

Soo Line 2719 was a restored 4-6-2 steam locomotive originally operated by the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway (“Soo Line”). The 2719 was used to haul the Soo Line's last steam-powered train, a June 21, 1959, round-trip excursion between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ladysmith, Wisconsin. It operated excursions on the North Shore Scenic Railroad between Duluth, MN and Two Harbors, MN from 2007 until 2013 when its boiler certificate expired (2719 was restored in 1998). It was then moved to static display in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

History[edit]

The 2719 was built in May, 1923 in Schenectady, New York. It was one of 6 H-23 Pacific class steam locomotives built for the Soo Line. It operated until the mid-1950s when it was overhauled and put into storage. It was brought out of retirement to haul the last steam trains on Soo Line's tracks in 1959. It is estimated that the 2719 traveled more than 3 million miles during its time on the Soo Line. 2719 was then given to the City of Eau Claire, Wisconsin to be displayed in Carson Park.

On May 23, 1996, a fund raising dinner, entitled "An Evening in the Club Car", was held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Eau Claire to benefit the restoration of the 2719. This dinner was the beginning of the restoration of the 2719. Restoration was undertaken by the Locomotive and Tower Preservation Fund, Ltd. After a very aggressive restoration schedule, the inaugural running was on September 19, 1998. The 2719 did not have a museum to constrain its operations and excursions occurred over different tracks belonging to different railroads. Also in 1998, 2719 ran a "triple-headed excursion" with Northern Pacific 328 and Soo Line 1003.

In June 2000, the 2719 was moved to the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in Spooner. It operated during the summers in Spooner until the purchase of the Wisconsin Central by Canadian National Railway in 2001. It always returned to the roundhouse in Altoona, Wisconsin, for the winters.

With the last excursion run in 2003 and with the Altoona, Wisconsin, roundhouse being razed on June 1, 2004, the 2719 was facing a very bleak future. The 2719 was forced to sit outside, exposed to the elements until the end of 2006.

On December 17, 2006, the 2719 was moved to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum. The museum operates the North Shore Scenic Railroad and 2719. After extensive work during the summer of 2007, the engine was test fired on August 24, 2007, and made a successful round trip test run from Duluth to Two Harbors, Minnesota, on August 25, 2007. Soo Line 2719 ran a regular excursion schedule 2007 - 2013.

Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261 & Soo Line 4-6-2 #2719 steam side-by-side in an historic event. (National Train Day 2013)

In May 2013, it met Milwaukee Road 261 for the first time. Soo 2719 pulled special excursions for that weekend (National Train Day).

2719's FRA boiler flue time was to expire on July 31, 2013, but its flue time was extended so that it could operate into late summer of 2013. It pulled its final excursion on September 14, 2013, afterwards Soo Line 2719 was drained and moved deep into the Lake Superior Railroad Museum for display, with hopes of restoring it back to operation in the future. Duluth & Northeastern 28 will replace 2719's schedule beginning in 2015 on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. In October 2014, 2719 was thoroughly power-washed before being moved indoors for display.

Historical significance and preservation[edit]

The 2719 was used to haul the Soo Line's last steam-powered train between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Ladysmith, Wisconsin on June 21, 1959. 2719 was also able to have the distinction of being the last steam powered engine to operate out of Ladysmith, Wisconsin on former Soo Line trackage in 2001. The locomotive was stored again in 2003, but in 2005 discussions were held to move the locomotive to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota. With assistance from the L&TPF, Ltd., the museum relocated the locomotive in December 2006. The museum leased the locomotive and operated #2719 through its affiliate, the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Since 2013, with 2719 no longer in operation, it is displayed both outdoors and indoors at the Lake Superior Railroad Musueum, as it awaits an uncertain restoration in the future. A different steam locomotive (D&NE #28) is currently being restored to fill in until 2719 is restored to operation once more.

Other H-23 class locomotives[edit]

There were six H-23 class locomotives built in May 1923. Two of them are preserved.

  • 2718 - On display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 2719 - On display at Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 2720 - Scrapped at United States Steel, July 19, 1951
  • 2721 - Scrapped at Purdy Company, November 13, 1950
  • 2722 - Scrapped at American Iron & Supply, December 28, 1954
  • 2723 - Scrapped at Purdy Company, November 13, 1950

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  • Glischinski, Steve (February 1997). "Soo Line 2-8-2 back in steam". Trains magazine 57 (2): 24–25. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Soo Line 2719 at Wikimedia Commons