Pa. Tourist Railroad Acquires Steam Locomotive

The Colebrooke Railroad has acquired former Rio Grande Scenic Railroad 2-8-0 No. 18.

The locomotive was built by Alco in 1910 in Pittsburgh for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming in Upper Michigan.

The acquisition comes after the railroad had said it was seeking funding to launch a steam program this year.

Some funding to buy No. 18 came from the Maguire Family Foundation.

Ozark Mountain Railcar helped to handle the transaction of the locomotive, which came via a liquidation of locomotives and rolling stock from the bankrupt Iowa Pacific Holdings.

It will be shipped on a flatcar from Alamosa, Colorado, to Boyertown, Pennsylvania on a flat car.

No. 18 has a year to go before its boiler requires a 1,472-day inspection and will join Grand Trunk Western 4-6-2 No. 5030, purchased in February from the City of Jackson, Michigan.

The latter locomotive needs extensive restoration work before it came become operable.

The Colebrooke operates a tourist line between Pottstown and Boyertown.

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