Steamer Moves Under Own Power at Steamtown

Former Jackson Iron & Steel Company 0-6-0 No. 26 moved under steam last week at Steamtown National Historic Site, thus giving the park an operable steam locomotive.

It was the first time in 15 years that the Baldwin-built engine has moved under its own power.

Built in 1926, the locomotive was test fired in December 2014. Steamtown acquired it in January 1990. Steamtown last had an operable steam locomotive in 2012.

No. 26 backed out onto the turntable in Scranton and ran back and forth through the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad yard for much of the afternoon.

Crews had fired up the locomotive earlier in the week and fixed a few minor problems that they encountered.

Mechanic and preservation specialist Bruce Mowbray told Trains magazine that most of the issues stemmed from a troublesome air compressor.

Steamtown officials expect No. 26 to be ready to pull yard excursions in 2016.

Next up on the restoration list at Steamtown will be Boston & Maine 4-6-2 No. 3713.

Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway has said that the park hopes to eventually have three or four operating steam within the next 10 years.

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