C&O 1309 To be Fired up for Open House

An open house is being planned to show off Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309, whose boiler will be fired up for the occasion.

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will conduct the event at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Tickets for the event will cost $130.90 and may be ordered from public.whistletix.com.

Ticket holders will be given a look at the boiler in steam and a chance to blow the whistle. They will also ride a diesel-powered dinner train that departs at 6 p.m.

The boiler of the 1309 was test fired earlier this month, the first time it had been in steam since 1957.

The restoration of the locomotive is being done under contract by Diversified Rail Services.

The 1309 was built by Baldwin in 1949.

WMSR officials recently said that newly-profiled wheels for the 1309 are expected to arrive soon followed by the installation of the boiler jacketing.

The railroad said it will cost $300,000 to complete restoration, includes construction of a coal storage and ashpit areas at the shop in Ridgeley, West Virginia.

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