Archive for Friday, December 30, 2011

Railroad club plans to move historic steam engine

December 30, 2011


— A railroad club plans to move a historic steam engine from a Pittsburg park to a nearby town to restore it.

The Joplin Globe reported that Kansas City Southern Railroad Steam Engine No. 1023 has fallen into disrepair. An estimated $150,000 is needed for sandblasting and painting, new tracks, and a concrete pad and shelter. But the city doesn't have the money available in its budget.

The Heart of the Heartlands railroad wants to move the engine to its museum complex in Carona in neighboring Cherokee County. It is less than five miles east of Big Brutus, a giant coal-mining shovel that has become a tourist attraction.

Club leader Larry Spahn says the group of railroad enthusiasts wants the 1906-built steam engine to last another 100 to 150 years.


Boston_Corbett 6 years, 3 months ago

I bet they won't wrap a chain link fence around it.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 3 months ago

I hope that they are successful in their efforts. There are fewer and fewer people left alive that even remember what a steam engine is, although some folks still use the term "choo choo" not knowing what it means.

The Topeka Rairoad group attempted to "restore" and "operate" the ATSF 3463 Hudson in the Topeka Fairgrounds area. They quickly learned that they had bitten off a great deal more than they could ever hope to accomplish. There are many compelling reasons that steam technology was superceeded by diesel-electric technology, and those who are not familiar with this usually make hasty decisions to accomplish what they are totally unfamiliar with.

I hopw they manage to preserve this engine, most of them were scrapped back in an era when "newer and better" meant destroying all the "older", like Pennsylvania Station in New York City and every single one of the New York Central's fameous 4-6-4 Hudson locomotives. Even the most fameous ship of World War II, the USS Enterprise was scrapped before any sense of historical preservation was created. I wish them the best of luck.

Write2Know 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm really curious about how they would move something like that. Would they connect tracks to a nearby track and basically tow it down the track? Maybe they would dismantle large parts of it and truck it off. I'd be interested if anyone knows.

riverdrifter 6 years, 3 months ago

A rail move would be the preferred, for sure. Barring that, probably this outfit. Their stock answer is "Yes, we can do that."

John Hamm 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe they'd like to have Lawrence's and they'd display it without a fence keeping people away from it. This city sometimes.................... Ah what the hey city hall is worthless.

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