Pere Marquette 1223
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Pere Marquette Railway Locomotive #1223
|Location||Chinook Pier Park, Jackson Ave., Grand Haven, Michigan|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||steam locomotive|
|NRHP Reference #||00001490|
|Added to NRHP||December 7, 2000|
The Pere Marquette 1223 is a steam locomotive on permanent display in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is one of two surviving Pere Marquette 2-8-4 (Berkshire) engines. No parts from 1223 were used to restore sister engine 1225 to operating condition, due to the objections of the Michigan Railroad Club, then unofficial custodians of the engine. The MSU Railroad Club did hold some successful fundraising events at the 1223 during the State Fair. That money was used in the restoration of the 1225.
When Pere Marquette was absorbed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, 1223 was assigned number 2657 but never had the new number applied. The locomotive was not paid off at the time and the merger agreement stated that equipment still under trust was to remain in Pere Marquette livery.
1223 was retired from service in 1951.
After retirement, 1223 was moved to New Buffalo, Michigan to be scrapped. However she was repainted and moved in 1960 for display at the state fairgrounds in Detroit. The money for that was provided by the donations collected by school children around the Detroit Area.
In 1980, Michigan state fair officials wanted to expand the grandstands but 1223 stood in the way. The city of Grand Haven won the bidding process.
The 1223 has been cosmetically restored. Considering the number of years that it has stood out in the elements, it would be an expensive and time-consuming project to restore it to operation. Such a restoration is unlikely since sister locomotive #1225 has been restored to operating condition.
1223 was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 7, 2000.
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- 1223 never visited Grand Haven while in service due to her weight (400 short tons or 363 tonnes or 357 long tons).
- 1223 is displayed next to a previously abandoned Grand Trunk Western Railroad coal tower on an out-of-service industrial rail spur.
- 1223 is missing its driving pistons. These were removed before the engine was taken to the fairgrounds in 1960.
- "Pere Marquette Berkshire #1223". Pere Marquette Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
- "Train Engine #1223". SteamLocomotive.com. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
- "Pere Marquette Berkshire Type Locomotives". Tri-Cities Museum of Grand Haven. Archived from the original on 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2006-08-07.
- "Historic locomotive marks 25 years in Grand Haven". Muskegon Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-08-22.