WMSR to Evaluate Overhauling 2-9-0 No. 734

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is eying a return to service of 2-8-0 No. 734.

Railfan & Railroad magazine reported on its website that the tourist railroad is raising money to pay for an evaluation of whether the Consolidation type locomotive could resume operating.

Built in 1916 for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming, it arrived on the WMSR in the early 1990s and operated for more than two decades.

WMSR officials told R&R that the 734 needs an overhaul from “the railhead to the stack” and work will progress as funding allows.

Evaluation of the locomotive is expected to get underway this spring.

In the meantime, former Chesapeake & Ohio No. 1309 will be pulling excursions on the WMSR this year on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between May and October.

The 1309 will also be the center of attention for several photo freight charters this year and in early 2023.

To read more visit https://railfan.com/western-maryland-scenic-to-evaluate-2-8-0-for-restoration/

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