Lumberjack Steam Train

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Lumberjack steam train circa 1937

The Lumberjack Steam Train is a passenger excursion train operated on the Laona and Northern Railway, a heritage railroad located in Laona, Wisconsin and part of the Camp 5 Museum. It is operated by the non-profit Camp 5 Museum Foundation, Inc. The train runs 3 miles (4.8 km) from the outskirts of Laona to the museum site.

The same locomotive in 2014

The train is hauled by a 2-6-2 steam locomotive that was built in 1916 by the Vulcan Iron Works in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Purchased September 22, 1926, it was brought to Laona for use in the forest industry. The train consists of the steam locomotive, two steel passenger coaches, and three cabooses.[1]

The American Car and Foundry Company built the coach named the “Hamilton Roddis” in 1923 for the Soo Line Railroad. The Barney and Smith Company built the coach named the “Otter Creek” in 1911, also for the Soo Line Railroad. It was rebuilt in 1941.[1]

Two cabooses have cupolas and offer “up in the trees” views of the passing forest. These three passenger cabooses were purchased in 1965 and 1966 from the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway. The third caboose is Soo Line Railroad caboose number 147.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About the Train". Lumberjack Steam Train. Camp Five Museum Foundation. Retrieved 2014-10-29. 

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