Posts Tagged ‘2-6-0 steam locomotives’

Steam Saturday: Long Ago in Michigan

May 21, 2022

This image was made by an unidentified photographer at an unidentified location in Michigan. It shows the long defunct Michigan lumber railroad East Jordan & Southern locomotive No. 6. We do know the image was made in the 1950s or early 1960s.

The EJ&S suspended operations in 1961 and the railroad’s lines were subsequently abandoned.

No. 6, a 2-6-0 built in 1909 by Pittsburg, has survived and is owned by the City of East Jordan, where it is on static display.

Photograph Courtesy of Robert Farkas

Steam Saturday: Coal Smoke in Michigan

February 12, 2022

We don’t know the identity of the photographer who made this photo of East Jordan & Southern No. 6, probably in or near East Jordan, Michigan. The slide was processed in September 1960. The EJ&S still used steam until the early 1960s.

This image portrays a tourist train, but the EJ&S got its start as a lumber railroad. It transported harvested lumber to a connection with the Chicago & Western Michigan. The EJ&S also served other industries that helped to sustain it after the lumber mills shut down in the 1920s. The short line connected in Bellaire with the Pere Marquette.

The EJ&S operated between 1901 and 1962. It had regulatory approval to cease operations in 1932, but management instead decided to press ahead, hauling passengers and freight.

Every year on Independence Day the railroad offered free rides. No. 6 shown above is a 2-6-0 built in 1909 by the Pittsburgh Steam Engine Company. The EJ&S also had two other steam locomotives on its roster.

A last run was staged on Aug. 12, 1962, just ahead of the end of operations. The tracks were later pulled up. No. 6 survives today on East Jordan on static display.

Collection of Robert Farkas

Steamer to Move From One Park to Another

May 24, 2017

A 2-6-0 steam locomotive on static display in Michigan is moving to a new display site.

Mogul-type No. 6 of the East Jordan & Southern Railroad will move in early June from Memorial Park to Sportsman’s Park about a quarter-mile away.

The steamer has been in its current location since 1961.

The move is being made to make more room at Memorial Park. A city official told Trains magazine that in its new location locomotive will be more accessible to the public.

The city plans to put up signs that tell background of the locomotive.

In Search of Keystone State Steam: 3

November 4, 2016

Everett Railroad No. 11 passes Loop Road.

Everett Railroad No. 11 passes Loop Road.

Last in a series

No sooner did Ed Ribinskas return from a four-day weekend in search of steam in eastern Pennsylvania, but he was on the road again to capture steam on the Everett Railroad in central Pennsylvania.

Based in Hollidaysburg near Altoona, the Everett like the Reading Blue Mountain & Northern that Ed had chased a week earlier, is a short-line freight railroad that also operates steam locomotives.

Ed and fellow Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman spent the weekend of Oct. 15-16 chasing Everett’s 2-6-0 Mogul-type steamer while also spending time on Horseshoe Curve.

He was able to get No. 11 in Holidaysburg and at such intermediate points as along Loop Road, at Kladder and crossing the Little Juniata River.

Everett No. 11 was built in 1920 by Alco’s Cooke Works in Patterson, New Jersey.

Built by Alco with an eye toward export to Cuba, No. 11 never made it to the island nation and instead worked for the Narragansett Pier Railroad in Rhode Island.

It later worked in New York state before being retired in 1949. It had a series of owners before winding up on the Everett Railroad in 2006.

It was stored for a time on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad before being restored to operating condition.

It returned to operation in October 2015.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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Everett RR Test Fires Alco 2-6-0 ‘Cuban’ Mogul

September 3, 2015

The Everett Railroad in Pennsylvania recently test fired an Alco 2-6-0 that it hopes will be able to pull excursion trains this fall and winter.

The former Bath & Hammondsport No. 11 is one of 59 stock “Cuban” Moguls built between 1920 and 1926 for service in that island nation’s sugar cane fields.

Just 40 of the locomotives were exported to Cuba and the remaining units sat at the factory for years before being acquired for use on U.S. short lines railroads.

Built in 1920, the 55.5-ton No. 11 sat at Alco’s Cooke Works until 1923 when it was sold to the 9-mile long Narragansett Pier Railroad in Rhode Island.

After the Narragansett Pier went to diesel power in 1937, No. 11 went to the Bath & Hammondsport in New York.

That carrier went to diesels in 1949 and No. 11 was stored until being sold in 1955 to Dr. Stanley Groman for his Rail City Museum in Sandy Creek, New York, where it spend two decades pulling tourist trains.

Nos. 11 had series of owners until being purchased in 2006 by Everett President Alan Maples.

Restoration work began at the Western Maryland Scenic where the locomotive had its wheel centers turned, new tires fitted, new crown brass and hub liners machined, spring rigging overhauled, and received a rebuilt pony truck and a new pilot beam. The tender received a new tank bottom, a rebuilt frame and repainting.

The engine was moved last March to the Everett’s shops in Claysburg, Pennsylvania, where boiler tubes were installed, the air system overhauled, new air tanks fitted, lubrication and steam lines run, new boiler studs and washout plugs fitted, a crack in the right cylinder was repaired, piston and valve rods turned, rod brass fitted, new draft plates made for the front end, and the tender received a new drawbar and coal deck.

A successful hydro test for federal inspectors was made in August.

The Everett, based near Altoona, is a 23-mile short line that primarily hauls grain and paper products.