Michigan RR Buys Soo Line 2-8-0

A Michigan railroad has acquired a former Soo Line steam locomotive and expects to restore it to operating condition.

The Mineral Range Railroad in Ishpeming, Michigan, picked up No. 2425 from the Ironhorse Railroad Park in Minnesota, which had had the 2-8-0 on outside static display.

Officials said the Consolidation-type locomotive is in good mechanical condition. It was built in October 1909 by the American Locomotive Company’s Schenectady Works for the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie as No. 475.

It was renumbered when the Soo Line leased the Wisconsin Central, where it operated as No. 2425.

The Soo Line and Wisconsin Central both made extensive use of Consolidations for main line, yard and branch line service.

No. 2425 was retired in January 1955 and donated to the city of Enderlin, Wisconsin. Ironhorse Central bought the locomotive in 2008 to keep it from being scrapped.

The locomotive is expected to move to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan early this month.

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