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Steam Locomotives
Steam Locomotives!

Steam locomotives were invented in the mid-1800's and ruled the rails for a century. Early locomotives were quite small, but evolution over the decades created behemoth articulated locomotives of the 1940's. By 1950, diesel locomotives of standard designs offered railroads substantial operating cost savings, and by 1959 the steam locomotive era was over.

Today, about 1200 steam locomotives are preserved in municipal parks, museums, and private collections. About 170 of those are considered "operational", but many of these are in need of or undergoing major repairs which can easily cost a half million dollars or more.

Operational
  • CP 2816
  • DNE 28 signal: stop
  • MILW 261
  • SOO 2719
  • SP 4449
  • UP 844
  • UP 3985
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  • Santa Fe (ATSF) signal: stop,  page 2
  • Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q)
  • Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad (COER)
  • Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific (CRI&P)
  • Duluth & Iron Range (DIR)
  • Duluth, Messabe, & Iron Range (DMIR)
  • Duluth & Northeastern RR (DNE)
  • Denver, Rio Grande & Western (DRGW) 
  • Durango & Silverton (DSNG)
  • Garden City Western (GCW)
  • Great Northern (GN)
  • Grand Trunk Western (GTW)
  • Heisler
  • Illinois Central (IC)
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  • Kansas City Southern (KCS)
  • Magma Arizona (MARR)
  • Minneapolis & St. Louis (MStL)
  • Marinette, Tomahawk, & Western signal: stop
  • Northern Pacific (NP)
  • Oliver Mining
  • Rayonier Lumber  
  • Shay
  • St. Louis–San Francisco (SLSF)
  • Soo Line (SOO)
  • Southern Pacific (SP)
  • Southwest Lumber signal: stop
  • Union Pacific (UP) signal: stop, page 2
  • US Plywood
  • US Potash 
  • Tourist Steam
  • Cumbres & Toltec
  • Durango & Silverton
  • Georgetown Loop
  • Grand Canyon Railway
  • Oregon Coast Scenic RR

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