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Steamer Arrives at Indiana Museum

September 14, 2021

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana, received on Monday an operable 0-4-0T steam locomotive.

Bock Lumber Co. No. 1 was built by Baldwin in 1908 and will eventually pull excursions at the museum.

The diminutive locomotive was recently restored in Illinois and will be the only operating standard-gauge Forney-type locomotive in North America.

Steam-powered excursions are not expected to begin this year due to the lead time needed to train museum volunteers in how to operate the locomotive.

Steamer to Operate at Indiana Museum

August 30, 2021

A 0-4-4T steam locomotive will operate on the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson, Indiana.

Bock Lumber Company No. 1 was built in 1908 by Baldwin Locomotive Works, is the only operating example of a standard gauge Forney-type in North America.

The steamer is not expected to pull passenger excursions this year although it is expected to arrive at the museum this fall.

Museum officials said they needed time to become acquainted with steam operations.

No. 1 is owned by Fred Haberkamp who spent six years restoring it to operating condition.

He was assisted in the restoration effort by David Kloke of Kloke Locomotive Works.

Kloke created the operating replicas of the Central Pacific Leviathan and Northern Central York locomotives.

In the restoration process, No. 1 was converted from wood buring to oil burning.

The Forney design has two powered leading axles followed by two unpowered axles in a trailing truck that supports the weight of the water tank and fuel bunker.

They are able to operate cab forward, but can be operated boiler-first.

No. 1 spent its working years in Florida and was saved by a Michigan car collector, Barney Pollard, in 1965.

It later wound up in a scrap yard before being acquired by George Thaggard and moved to California.

After being stored there for a few decades prior, the locomotive was sold to Haberkamp.