New Look for Museum’s Locomotive

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I went to Deshler last weekend and stopped by Bellevue on my way back. The newest addition to the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum is a former Nickel Plate Road SD9 painted in Norfolk & Western’s “Pevler blue” and numbered 2349. 

This was the number that it originally wore after N&W merged with the NKP.  It is fully restored to its 1960s appearance, including the mars light. The only thing missing are the number boards with No. 2349. Those still show No. 52, the last number it wore for Norfolk Southern.

It is posed next to a restored N&W wreck crane also in the “hamburger” scheme.  Now if only NS would pose the 8103 next to these.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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