Posts Tagged ‘steam locomotive restoration’

EBT No. 15 Next up for Restoration

March 20, 2023

Pennsylvania tourist railroad East Broad Top said the next steam locomotive that is expected to be restored to operating condition will be 2-8-2 No. 15.

The locomotive last ran in 2011. It was built in 1914.

In February the EBT operated 2-8-2 No. 16 following the completion of its restoration.

No timeline for the restoration of No. 15 has been announced, but officials hope restoration work can begin this year.

EBT has six 2-8-2 steam locomotives and it hopes to eventually restore all of them to operating condition.

Benefit Raises Money for PRR Steam Restoration

October 18, 2022

One famous steam locomotive made a special excursion last weekend to raise money for the restoration of another well-known steamer.

Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 pulled an evening dinner train on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to raise money for the restoration of Pennsylvania Railroad Class K4S No. 1361.

The excursion raised more than $13,000 for the restoration of the PRR 4-6-2, which is currently housed at the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona, Pennsylvania.  

During the nine-car excursion from Cumberland to Frostburg, Maryland, the 1309 carried a former Pennsy three-chime passenger whistle.

The money raised during the excursion came from ticket sales and an on-board silent auction of photographs and other railroad memorabilia.

For more information and to view photographs of the excursion, visit

Ky. Museum to Buy Parts from Indiana Museum

September 9, 2022

Railroad museums in Kentucky and Indiana have reached an agreement over the sale of boiler tubes and flues that will enable the restoration of a former Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive.

The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation will purchase the tubes and flues from the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. They will be used to restore to operating condition 2-8-4 No. 2716.

Funding for the transaction was provided by the John H. Emery Rail Heritage Trust.

The Indiana museum is considering restoring its own C&O Kanawha-type locomotive, No, 2789, to operating condition.

A similar equipment arrangement between museums was consummated earlier this year when Kentucky Steam swapped locomotive air compressors with the Pueblo Railway Foundation of Colorado.

Kentucky Steam will host a two-day railroad-themed festival on Sept. 10-11 in Irvine, Kentucky.

Works Continues on EBT Steam Restoration

August 21, 2022

Although no date has been set for East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 16 to return to service, work continues to bring the Baldwin-built steam engine into operating condition.

Trains magazine reported on its website that No. 16 passed a hydrostatic boiler test last May and since then has been test-steamed under the observation of Federal Railroad Administration staff.

EBT master mechanic Dave Domitrovich told the magazine that FRA personnel were satisfied with the tests.

He said workers will be able to install everything back on the boiler but a considerable amount of finishing work remains to be done on the engine.

No. 16 last operated in 1956. The EBT has four other steam locomotives that operated between 1960 when the EBT became a tourist railroad and 2011 when steam operations shut down.

In recent weeks, workers have painted the dome covers of No. 16 and remounted two of them. Also overhauled or replaced have been major fittings and appliances such as the bell, whistle, sight glasses, tri-cocks (additional boiler-level checks), air pumps, air tanks, Hancock injectors, and boiler-pressure and brake-pressure gauges.

Painting has been completed on the smokebox, pilot and tender are painted.

Domitrovich said the next major tasks include reinstalling the main and side rods and timing the valves. Also yet to be completed is painting and remounting the locomotive cab.

Once work on No. 16 is completed, workers will turn their attention to restoring No. 15, which was the locomotive last used in revenue tourist train service.

The original plan was to restore No. 14, but an inspection determined it needs more work than that initially thought.

Whereas No. 15 simply need running gear work, No. 14 need major boiler work and running-gear work.

In other developments at the Pennsylvania-based EBT, a second new coach has arrived from a vendor located in Washington State.

The car, built by Hamilton Manufacturing, has been placed on its new trucks, and work is continuing to set it up with new couplers, truss rods, air hoses, and heating and lighting equipment. It will be numbered 22.

EBT has ordered four coaches from Hamilton with the first of them, No. 21, having already undergone a test run.

The railroad’s general manager, Brad Esposito, told Trains the EBT may be looking to acquire more carbody shells in the future that would come without coach seats, they can be reconfigured as first-class and parlor-car seating, or as dining cars.

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WMSR to Hold Fundraising Trip for PRR 1361

August 18, 2022

A fundraising trip will be held Oct. 14 on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to raise money toward the restoration of Pennsylvania Railroad K4s class steam locomotive No. 1361.

The 4-6-2 is being restored to operating condition by the Railroaders Memorial Museum of Altoona, Pennsylvania.

The fundraising excursion will be pulled by Chesapeake & Ohio Railway 2-6-6-2 engine No. 1309, which for the occasion will sport the No. 1361’s three-chime PRR Blue Ribbon whistle.

Capacity of the excursion has been set at 200 passengers and tickets are $361 per person.

The excursion will travel the 16-mile route from Cumberland to Frostburg, Maryland.

As part of the event, there will be a pre-departure reception, night photo shoots, raffles for cab rides, a cash bar and live music.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the cab of the 1309 and blow the whistle. More information and ticket information can be found at

The 1361 was built by the PRR in its Juniata Shops in Altoona in 1918. Its restoration is expected to cost $2.6 million.

For several years the 1361 was on static display at Horseshoe Curve west of Atoona. It was removed by the museum and restored to operating condition in the late 1980s.

SRI Launches Fundraising Drive to Restore Steamer

August 3, 2022

A Michigan group has kicked off a fundraising drive to restore another steam locomotive.

The Steam Railroading Institute estimates it will take $1 million to restore to operating condition former Chicago & North Western 4-6-0 No. 175.

The Owosso-based group, which operates former Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225, has more than half of that amount on hand through grants it has already received.

SRI needs to raise at least $40,000 to meet a matching requirement for a federal grant it has been awarded. Thus far it has raised $70,000 of that.

It acquired the R-1 class steamer in 2018 from the Mineral Range Railroad in Ishpeming, Michigan.

The 175 was built in 1908 by American Locomotive Company in Schenectady, New York.

Museum officials said the 175 will be able to operate on routes for which the 765 is too large to operate.

More information on the “Revive 175” campaign by visiting

Group Eyes Restoring C&NW Steamer

July 7, 2022

A Michigan group is seeking funding to restore a former Chicago & North Western steam locomotive.

The Steam Railroading Institute estimates it will cost $1 million to restore 4-6-0 No. 175.

The group, which operates former Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225, is seeking to raise $40,000, which would match a grant it received through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program.

Railfan & Railroad magazine reported on its website that the Steam Institute has thus far raised about $70,000.

The report said the 175 was acquired by the Steam Institute in 2018 and then moved from Hancock, Michigan, to Owosso, Michigan, where the Steam Institute is based.

The 175 was built in 1908 and retired in the 1950s. Once restored, the 175 is expected to operate with the 1225 in excursion service.

Group Meets Funding Goal for New Firebox

June 29, 2022

A group working to raise money for restoration of a former Pennsylvania Railroad K4s steam locomotive  said it has exceeded its goal.

Trains magazine reported on its website that the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society has raised more than $100,000 to be used to construct a new firebox for ex-PRR 4-6-2 No. 1361, which is owned by the Railroaders Memorial Museum and for years was on static display at Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania after being retired in 1956.

The 1361 is one of just two of the 425 K4s class locomotives built that still survives.

The other survivor is the 3750, which is in the collection of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

The Altoona museum restored the 1361 to operating condition in the late 1980s but it has not operated since 1988.

The fundraising efforts by the PRRT&HS are part of a larger campaign by the Altoona museum to raise $2.6 million to bring the 1361 back to operating condition.

The story can be read at

EBT No. 16 Fired Up This Week

June 25, 2022

Pennsylvania narrow gauge tourist railroad East Broad Top fired up one of its steam locomotives this past week.

On Wednesday 2-8-2 No. 16 was placed on the roundhouse turntable and operated in steam for the first time since 1956.

However, much work remains to be done before the 16, which never pulled any trains during the first tourist train era on the EBT, is ready to move under its own power.

On the “to do” list is installation of the superheater, throttle, cab and a new boiler jacket.

Additional work remains to be done on the locomotive’s tender as well.

For more about the firing up of EBT No. 16 visit

EBT 2-8-2 No. 16 Getting Closer to Running

June 1, 2022

No operating date has yet been set but East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 16 is nearing completion of its restoration, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The Baldwin-built Mikado type locomotive is one of six on the roster of the historic Pennsylvania narrow gauge railroad.

An EBT official told Trains that work on the boiler is complete and the locomotive successfully passes a Federal Railroad Administration hydrostatic test.

EBT master mechanic Dave Domitrovitch told Trains the next steps include timing the engine and finishing the air-brake work.

That will be followed by reinstalling the locomotive cab and painting the firebox with heat-resistant stove paint.

The tender for No. 16 has been painted with a flat-black base coat but still needs a finish coat and orange “E.B.T.” lettering to be applied.

EBT began its 2022 operating season on May 6 with diesel motive power pulling trains on Wednesday through Sunday.

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