& Restorations - Missouri Pacific / Predecessor Locomotives
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2522, 4-6-0 Steam Engine
Preserved in a partially fenced railroad display and lettered as Fort Smith, Subiaco and Rock Island #2522 (or as Paris #2522 as seen in these three photos).
The Missouri Pacafic owned 128 (2301-2403, 2501-2525) of these TN-61 Class, 4-6-0 locomotives.
Though she is in very sad
shape, suffering from extreme corrosion, her drivers sunk into the
ground and a target for souvineer seekers and vandalism, the #2522
is one of only two known Missouri Pacific steam engines that has survived
Pacific 124?, Steam Engine
In another unfortunate example of bad luck seen against the preservation of MP's past glory, only the front-end of this steam locomotive has survived today. For whatever reasons the city fathers didn't want the donation of this steam engine.
Pacific 4124 mock-up (ex-NYC),
EMD GP7 Diesel Engine
The original MP 4124 was most likely the number of the first diesel in Downs during the wheat harvest of 1950.
The GP7 now on display in Downs was originally ex-New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail #5712 from Kyle Railroad (EMD builder # 15486, built Mar 1952). It was never owned by MoPac, but with no other example of a unit in Eagle colors, it is a worthy attraction to the Mopac enthusiast.
Brush reports that #4124 was moved to a permanent section of track
immediately east of the one-story brick Downs Missouri Pacific Depot,
which began major restoration in May, 2002. (thanks to Norm
Metcalf for additional info)
Louis Iron Mountain & Southern 2707 / 635, Steam Engine
Other equipment at
the NMoT include:
Pacific 4502 / 975, ALCo RS-3
This RS-3 was one of only two MP RS-3s never re-engined by MoPac. Restoration began in 2000 of this engine into it's original blue and gray scheme.
The Museum of Transport in St. Louis was able to acquire a former Missouri Pacific RS-3 road number 4502 / 975. This Alco unit is unique in that it is one of the few units of this class that were never re-engined by the Missouri Pacific. Prior to starting the GP-12 rebuild program in the 1960's on their fleet of RS-3's, the MoPac traded the 4502 / 975 and the 4504 / 977 to the Bauxite and Northern for an SW-1200 switch engine. As a result this locomotive escaped the rebuilding program. Eventually Equity Grain Coop of Houston purchased both units from the Bauxite and Northern, renumbering them as #1 and #2 respectively. The 4502 / 975/ #1 was retired in 1992 with a broken crank. With the 4504 / 977 / #2 being retired in 1992 due to a failure of a lower main bearing.
Shortly thereafter these units where donated to the Houston Chapter of the NRHS. The chapter then sold all the units to an individual in the Houston area. In 1995, this individual offered the #4502 to the Museum of Transport for a nominal amount.
In January of 2000, the cosmetic restoration of the MoPac RS-3 to its "as delivered" paint scheme began through the efforts of the NRHS and the Museuem of Transportation members and volunteers. (Background from RS-3 Project website)
What little time we had was spent on cleaning and removing grease, oil and rust accumulations, removal of the hood doors for paint stripping and repairs, and stripping paint from unit. The glazing has been removed and stored. Presently we are waiting for some warmer weather to resume work on the unit, this is required because the stripper does not function below about 60 degrees.
Please note that this project is funded by a grant from one of the St Louis Section NRHS members. The main problem we face in completing the restoration is getting volunteers, to date we have had six volunteers working on the project. To the best of my knowledge, none of these are members of the MPHS.
3, 2003 Update from Steve:
"While progress has been slow, the RS-3 project is still moving along. Except for a few minor areas all of the paint on the cab and hoods has been removed. Unfortunately the stripper does not wok well below 50 degrees, as a result completion of this work will have to wait until this spring when it warms up.
"The RS-3 is the next unit scheduled for shop time and space. During this winter we are planning on completing the body work on the unit. The replacement steel has been purchased and is on site.
"Looking at some shots of different classes of units it appears that on some units everything below the walkways was black; other units have the frames and steps painted blue with the fuel tank and trucks being black. None of the shots have been able to find clearly show which of these paint schemes the RS-3s originally wore. All of the color shots I have were taken after several years of use and while it looks like the frame and steps where painted blue, I am not 100% positive of this. If you or one of your members could confirm this it would be most appreciated."
This is the finished project . Completed around 2006
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On another front there may be a few other things that some MPHS members could help us out with. We could really use a couple of good color prints of this or one of its sisters in the original blue and grey paint. A side shot and both ends would be helpfully.
When we received the unit it was missing the air horns, marker lights and builder plates. The air horns appear to have been the long version of the Wabco E-2. We need to get two of the horns and all four of the markers. (Steve Linhardt)
& Pacific 400
(410) - (FW&D) , Class E-4-A, 4'-81Ú2",
2-8-2 Steam Engine
State Railroad 201
316, 4-6-0 Steam Engine
This engine is fully restored and repainted. TSRR No. 201 (Built by A. L. Cooke, 1901, 79 tons, 4-6-0) is the former No. 316 on the T&P, and then as 316 on the P&MP (Paris & Mount Pleasant).The T&P would then buy it back from the P&MP and sent it to Abilene, TX as T&P 75. In May 1974, it was donated to the Texas State Railway and was restored at TSRR 201. The engine is class D-9, with 4-6-0 wheel arrangement with 4'-81Ú2" wheel guage. It is owned by TSRR (as T&P) Texas State Railroad, and housed at Palestine, TX. It is operational. It is presently used as a backup to three other operating steam locomotives and usually can be seen at the Rusk shop.
& Pacific #610, Lima-built, "Texas" Class, 2-10-4 Steam
Only a few years back this was a fully restored and operational steam engine once leased out for rail excursions by a Texas agency. The 610 is a 2-10-4 Lima built locomotive. The 4'-8.5" guage, I1a class locomotive is the last surviving "Texas" Class to be owned by T&P. It is also the the sole surviving example of the earliest form of the super-power steam locomotives built by the Lima Locomotive Works from 1925 to 1949.
The Lima "super-power" locomotives like the #610 were the first to combine a high-capacity boiler with a modern valve gear and a four-wheel trailing truck. The performance of these locomotives was unprecedented, and they were the prototype for the modern American steam locomotive through the end of the steam age for rail.
The #610 was the first of the T & P's second order of 2-10-4s delivered June 1927. The I-A1's differed from the first order slightly in that they were built with American multiple-valve throttles that allowed room for their stacks to be capped with decorative flanges, a favorite detail on the T & P. The boiler pressure was also raised from 250 to 255 psi, which increased tractive effort to 84,600 pounds, plus 13,300 pounds for the booster.
The #610 was restored (intact except for the truck booster engine) to pull the travelling exhibit the American Freedom Train through Texas. Southern Railway, which had never owned a super-power steam, then leased the 610 for its excursion trains until 1981. In 1987 it was donated to the Texas State Railroad historical park, which operates excursions between Rusk and Palestine, Texas.
T&P #610 resides today at the Palestine shop. The 610 is not operational, but is on display. Due to budget constraints there are no plans to restore No. 610 to operating condition at this time.
Surviving steamers with ties to the MoP and its subsidiaries are very, very rare, and preservation efforts have been hampered by bad luck and financial reasons. One Gulf Coast Lines 4-6-0 or 2-8-0 was to be set aside for preservation, but was wrecked while being moved to a secure site. MoPac's prolonged receivership was a major factor in the fact none of its "big steam" locos have survived for today.
Mike Palmieri's Louisiana Rail site is a Michael M. Palmieri photo of 0-6-0 TPMPT RR #2 at Bisso Towing Co., New Orleans, Louisiana, dated 12 December 1980. Security is pretty tight at Bisso, so you can't just drive in and look around any more. Recent construction has made it impossible to see at a distance, but there's still a chance the engine is still stored there. Michael has recently updated his site with this page. (thanks to Norm Metcalf, Jim Ogden, Michael M Palmieri) Updated 2-05
MP/NO&LC #3001/ Carona, Kansas - there is an ex-NOL&C (MP Subsidiary) gas-electric Plymouth switcher at the old Mopac depot near Pittsburg, KS and Big Brutus. This was recently restored and painted into a stylized MoPac Jenk's Blue sheme. #3001 is a Plymouth WLD-2, Type 2 Engine, built 7/32, retired 10/61, and never wore MP designation that I can find. This restoration was a project of the Heart of the Heartlands, who also restored the former MP Carona depot. See: MP 3001 - Heart of the Heartlands site. Updated 11-03
T&P #909 / Dallas, Texas - this is ex- New York Central 4-8-2 Mohawk 3001 that has been repainted as a T&P Mountain 909 and displayed in Fair Park. The display locomotive was not owned by the T&P. (thanks to Ron Merrick) Updated 11-03
Grande Railroad Company #1/ Brownsville, Texas - a 2-4-2
42-inch guage steamer is possibly the oldest surviving U. S. narrow
guage locomotive. Due to the twists and turns of railroad mergers
and divisions over the past 100 years this very old engine has ties
that link it to the rosters of several roads including the St.
Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway Co., a subsidiary of the
Missouri Pacific. RGRR No. 1 was reported to be undergoing
restoration at Brownsville, Texas as late as 1992, though it had suffered
many modifications and considerable corrosion over the last century
plus. (read about it in the Winter 1992 MPHS EAGLE Magazine)
Just for Your Information - There also may still be a rumor of an engine boiler sighted in the riverbed near the site of the infamous Gasconde River Bridge wreck of 1855. This turned out to be a stationary boiler exposed during the drought of 1988. The actual locomotive involved, Pacific Railway #8 "the Missouri", had in fact survived to be be rebuilt after the mishap as Pacific Railway #8 "the California."
This list was originally compiled by MoPac RR - Screaming Eagles, additional material provided by Doug Brush, used with permission.
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