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McCormack to Speak at Dinner in Bellevue

July 18, 2021

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. 

Steam Saturday: A Hudson on the ex-New York Central

February 6, 2021

During Steamtown’s Grand Opening celebration in July 1995 I photographed Canadian Pacific 4-6-4 No. 2816, which had been part of the Steamtown collection since the 1960s.

Years earlier I had seen CP Royal Hudson’s 2839 and 2860. I always regretted never having a chance to see the famous New York Central Hudsons.

If I did see any I would have been 1 or 2 years old, and obviously would not remember.

However, in September 1998, the Canadian Pacific purchased the 2816 from Steamtown in order to restore it to operation by a team headed by Doyle McCormack.

In May 2004 the restored 2816 pulled the railroad’s Trans Canadian Steam Express across Canada from Vancouver to Montreal.

On its return west on June 13, 2004, the train crossed into the United States at Buffalo, New York, for a routing on CSX to Chicago.

This meant that from Buffalo to Greenwich this was the former New York Central home to its famous Hudsons.

In the top photo above and the first one below, No. 2816 is on stactic dislay at Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1995.

The third photo was made as the train cruised westbound at Westfield, New York

The next three images were made during  a service stop at Conneaut.

Word was the service stop was initially scheduled for Ashtabula, but Doyle McCormack, a Conneaut native, was running the locomotive and must have made some suggestion to change the service stop to Conneaut which happened to be his boyhood hometown.

Next up the train is at Schaaf Road in Cleveland on the former Big Four following by an image made in Grafton.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

McCormack to Speak in Bellevue on May 16

February 12, 2020

Another steam impresario is coming to Ohio to help raise money for the restoration of Reading Company steam locomotive No. 2100.

Doyle McCormack will speak on May 16 at the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue as part of the “Legends of Steam” speaker series sponsored by the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association.

The ASRPA is restoring the Reading locomotive at a former Baltimore & Ohio roundhouse in Cleveland that is owned by the Midwest Railway Preservation Society.

McCormack is best known for his work with Southern Pacific 4-8-4 No. 4449 but will also speak about his experiences with the Nickel Plate Road.

He also was involved with the American Freedom Train, which toured the country in 1975-1976.

During his talk McCormack his expected to tell some of his stories about steam locomotives and his work to preserve vintage diesels.

Tickets to the event are $99 per person. More information can be found at

The ticket price includes admission to the museum, caboose rides and a catered dinner.

Participants will be able to inside the cab of Nickel Plate Road locomotive 757, which the museum has acquired and plans to restore.