ITM Scrambles to Move, Scrap Artifacts

Facing a July 12 deadline to vacate its home in Noblesville, Indiana, the Indiana Transportation Museum was working feverishly this week to move some of it collection and scrap other items.

The Hesston Steam Museum, Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation and Age of Steam Roundhouse were at the museum site to remove some items.

The Kentucky group has agreed to house Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 587 in Ravenna, Kentucky

The Hesston group was taking possession of Indianapolis Power & Light 0-4-0 fireless cooker No. 1, which was then taken to its 155-acre site near La Porte, Indiana, where Hesston operates a small narrow-gauge steam railroad.

The Age of Steam Roundhouse was seeking to acquire 14 pieces of rolling stock for its facility in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Trains magazine reported on Friday that former Cedar Rapids & Iowa City motor 55, homebuilt by Detroit United Railways in 1915, and former Louisville & Nashville heavyweight diner Cross Keys, built by American Car & Foundry in 1930, have been saved.

At least one diesel locomotive, a Milwaukee Road SW1, and several traction cars, were reported to have been scrapped.

Whatever museum artifacts that are saved must be removed from the site by truck.

ITM has said that it plans to re-establish itself in Logansport in north central Indiana.

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