The historic Colorado and Southern Railroad’s 1896 Baldwin Locomotive #71, the tender and baggage car that presently sit at the entrance to the Grand Z Casino and Hotel parking garage, would be moved, restored and eventually put back into service as a tourist railroad.
A new operator was sought after Saratoga & North Creek Railway pulled up stakes amid major financial problems last year, ending a seven-year run of tourist and limited freight train traffic.
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum in Alna held its annual Victorian Christmas Dec. 14, with over 530 people attending. This year more than three inches rain reduced the crowds and limited festivities, but Santa came through the train cars instead of the children coming to him.
Steve Jones, Golden Spike chapter president of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, said his group had been locked out of the train shop, where its members had been working for more than two decades to restore Denver and Rio Grande Western locomotive No. 223.
History of tunnel built on Hiawatha Trail
The train is staying! St. Lawrence Parks Commission will engage in discussions with the Save the Train 2.0 group, to keep and maintain the heritage railway equipment display in South Dundas.
Chelatchie Prairie Railroad’s main attraction, its 1929 steam engine, has been sidelined since spring because of overdue inspection and repair work. The all-volunteer nonprofit railroad group worries that its extended absence, and the astronomical price of the mandatory federal inspection — $200,000 or more — could break the bank.