Posts Tagged ‘Duluth Missabe & Iron Range’

One Day in Wellsboro

August 23, 2021

A couple weeks ago I made a trip to Chicago for the weekend. On the way I stopped at Wellsboro, Indiana, and caught the Chesepeake & Indiana switching the local grain elevator.

It so happens that one of the engines was the 818, which was just donated to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum 

Also was SD18 813 still in Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range paint. This and another similar unit have been sold to another short line as they have been deemed surplus.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

Steam Saturday: Split Identity Steamer in Greenville

March 20, 2021

We started our railfanning expedition early on July 2, 2008. Looking through my photos, I see that we caught action on Norfolk Southern’s ex-Nickel Plate trestle in Ashtabula.

With Amtrak 48 running in those days on a slightly later schedule than it does today we were able to photograph it from the West Avenue bridge bridge overlooking the former ex- New York Central yard of CSX in Ashtabula.

Working our way to Conneaut we eventually caught and chased a Bessemer & Lake Erie train southbound to Greenville, Pennsylvania.

After our last photo of the Bessemer through Greenville, we visited the Greenville Railroad Park adjacent to the ex-Erie main and across the tracks from the ex-Erie station.

The featured display was the ex-Union Railroad 0-10-2 No. 304, which was one of the three steamers saved in Greenville’s B&LE roundhouse until it was donated to the city in 1985.

It was restored to a fantastic display and to this day it is still maintained as a beautiful display. What is unique with the locomotive is the engineer’s side is painted as Union Railroad No. 304, but the fireman’s side is painted as Duluth Missabe & Iron Range No. 604.

Both were U.S. Steel railroads as was the B&LE at one time.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas