McCormack to Speak at Dinner in Bellevue

Conneaut native Doyle McCormack will be the featured speaker on Sept. 18 at the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association dinner to be held in Bellevue.

McCormack will speak at the second Legends of Steam dinner being hosted by the group, which is meeting at the Mad River & NKP Museum.

He will speak about some of the most significant preservation projects of the past half century with which he has been involved.

These include restoration to operating condition of Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 759 and Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449 for the American Freedom Train in 1976.

McCormack has also been involved in seeking to restore two former Delaware & Hudson Alco PA-1s. One of those, D&H 16, will be restored as Nickel Plate 190.

His railroad career began at Norfolk & Western as a clerk. He later worked for N&W as a fireman and engineer. He left the latter position to devote his time to restoring the SP 4449, yet also had stints working for Southern Pacific, Amtrak and Union Pacific. 

McCormack joined the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, where he oversaw creation of the Oregon Rail Center, home to three steam locomotives.

Tickets for the dinner are $105 and the proceeds will be used to fund restoration of Reading 4-8-4 No. 2100.

The 2019 Legends of Steam dinner featured Ross Rowland but the 2020 dinner was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the day of the dinner, the museum will open to attendees at 3 p.m. Caboose rides will be offered between 4 and 5 p.m. with dinner set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

McCormack’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Ticket sales end will end on Sept. 3, 2021. 

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