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Fire up the #28 in 2017 the 28 in cloquet

During this year's operating season, the D&NE Locomotive #28 will be steamed up and pulling excursions on the North Shore Scneic Railroad. But we need your help to finish the job.

To complete the operational restoration project final touches need to be installed and coal needs to be bought. For a small contribution, you can be a part of preserving living railroad history in the Twin Ports.


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Below are some photos from over the past couple years during the project's restoration.



A dedication excursion will be held June 10th and 11th this year. After donating, you will get a message with codes to make a reservation on one of these first excursions with the engine (this will come several days after donating, you will get a receipt right away for your records).

Donation Levels:

Donate $58: Get 1 free coach ticket on the dedication excursion.

Plaque level $100: Get 2 free coach tickets on the dedication excursion, and get your name on a plaque that will be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, forever.

Premiere level $280: Get 2 first class tickets with the contributor’s name mounted on a plaque that will be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, forever.

Tycoon level $500: A private table reserved for 4 in the first class seating on the dedication excursion, a name on the plaque to be mounted in the cab of the locomotive, and a free year membership at the Missabe 193 level to the LSRM (upon your request).

Contribute today and bring history to life!

Progress to Date:

The engine has been test fired for 2017 excursions. There is a little bit more work to finish things up, and then its time to buy lots of coal. We use about 7 tons on a round trip to Two Harbors. Contributions today go directly towards ongoing maintenance of the engine (and there is alot) and supplies to keep it functioning. With 4 different kinds of lubricants on it alone, there is alot of expenses to keep it operating.

Past Developments:

Fraser Shipyards of Superior completed the re-tubing of the boiler at cost, but this was an expensive part of the project. The St. Louis & Lake Counties Regional Rail Authority helped with a $30,000 contribution to make this precise work get done.

Take your ride:

Your contribution does include a ticket onboard the dedication excursion, on June 10th and 11th.

Thanks to:

The members of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum
#28 Restoration Fund Donors & Volunteers
Missabe Road Historical Society
Tom E. Dailey Foundation
Chippewa Valley Railroad
LSRM/NSSR Volunteers
Cloquet Terminal Railroad
BNSF (For the great job they did moving the engine to and from Cloquet)
Fraser Shipyards
Arrowhead Autobody
Friends of #261
Carlton County Fair Board
Hard working volunteer crews of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Every dollar donated goes directly to getting this engine fired up. Any excess dollars will go towards finishing up the work and getting coal in the tender for the first run, that you will be a part of!

History of the locomotive:

The #28 locomotive was built by the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works in 1906 for the Duluth, Missabe and Northern as their No. 332.

A typical drag freight consolidation type engine of the early 1900s, she weighs in at 102 tons (172 tons with tender loaded). The capacity of the tender is 8,000 gallons of water and 12 tons of coal.

This style of locomotive was designed to be used in general freight service, working slowly along the line setting out and picking up cars from sidings along the way. No. 28 was sold to the D&NE in 1955, and was used to haul logs, lumber products and some general freight. It worked in this service until 1964 and was last under steam in 1965. The D&NE restored and donated the locomotive to the Museum in 1974.

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