Posts Tagged ‘SW1’

Museum to Add New Cab to Switcher

April 19, 2021

An Indiana railroad museum plans to restore a badly damaged SW1 switch engine that lost its cab after a truck carrying it struck a low bridge in 2018.

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has found a replacement cab that will be mounted on former Monon DS-50.

The locomotive’s original cab was destroyed after striking the bridge in Logansport, Indiana, in December 2018.

The DS-50 was recently moved to the museum in North Judson after sitting in Logansport for more than two years.

“We’ve been working on saving this locomotive for almost a year now,” museum president Todd Flanigan said in a statement.

 “There’s no way for me to fully express my gratitude to everyone involved in making this project a reality.”

The locomotive is not owned by the museum but its owner has agreed to the rebuild project.

The museum also plans to restore a former Monon transfer caboose, No. 81551, which was built in the railroad’s Lafayette, Indiana, shops in 1946.

Looking in on the Byesville Scenic

November 15, 2020

Keeping with our theme today of passenger trains we take a trip to southern Ohio to check out the Byesville Scenic Railway, a tourist train operation that bills itself as “the route of the Black Diamond.”

Trains traveled the former Marietta Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad for 2.5 miles between Byesville and Derwent over what is said to be the longest straight stretch of the branch.

SW1 No. 211 is shown pulling a pair of passenger cars in Byesville on June 15, 2007.

Operations of the Byesville Scenic were halted in 2011 and the railroad’s website indicated they have not yet resumed.

Photograph by Robert Farkas