N&W 2156 Moves Briskly Through Indiana, Ohio

Norfolk & Western steamer 2156 passed through Ohio Sunday night and Monday morning before leaving the state in mid afternoon on Monday. The locomotive was not in steam.

The 2-8-8-2 Y6a began a ferry move late Saturday morning at the Museum of Transportation west of St. Louis along the former Missouri Pacific (now owned by Union Pacific).

It took much of the afternoon to move the 2156 and its train through the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The train, which included a Norfolk Southern diesel locomotive, was picked up at the museum by a Union Pacific local and taken to UP’s 12th Street Yard in St. Louis.

Using the NS diesel, the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis moved the train to Granite City, Illinois.

NS took over moving the 2156 ferry train from there and it traveled through the night via Decatur, Illinois, where it was reported to have passed through at 1:30 a.m.

Daybreak found the 2156 near the Illinois-Indiana border, passing Attica, Indiana, at 9:08 a.m. and Clymers at 11:10 a.m.

After a service stop at Peru, the steam engine, which was being pulled by NS GP40-2 No. 3068, departed at 2:20 p.m.

The ferry movement was restricted to a maximum speed of 25 on NS track. It was reported past Wabash, Indiana, at 2:50 p.m. and Huntington at 3:45 p.m.

Online reports showed the 2156 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 4:50 p.m., at Leipsic, Ohio, at 7:45 p.m. and at Fostoria at 9:40 p.m.

Traveling the Sandusky District during nighttime hours, the 2156 was reported by Cooke Road in Columbus at 7:12 a.m., Circleville at 8:35 a.m. and Chillicothe at 10:14 a.m. It arrived in Portsmouth Ohio, at about 12:15 p.m. where the ferry train underwent a crew change.

While in Portsmouth, the 2156 was greased and inspected. It departed about 2:30 p.m.

Although not adhering to a schedule, the ferry move has moved steadily since leaving the St. Louis museum.

Railroad officials had said the ferry move to Roanoke might take as much as a week, depending on traffic. The 2156 is en route to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, where it will reside for the next five years.

In Roanoke, the 2156 will join two surviving steam locomotives from N&W’s Big Three – Class A 2-6-6-4 No. 1218 and Class J No. 611.

The ferry train also included auxiliary tender VMTX No. 250001, office car No. 20 (Ohio), tool car No. 1407 and coach NS 44 (Florida).

No. 2156 was built in 1942 in Roanoke and retired in 1959. It is one of two 2-8-8-2s in existence, the other being Y3A No. 2050.

Built by American Locomotive Co. in 1923, the 2050 is on display at the Illinois Railway Museum.

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