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Stew Winstandley

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TRAINS News Wire re: Monon 504
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:46:56 pm »
Fundraising effort seeks roof to protect Soo Line steam engine
 
 June 17, 2015 

The city of Thief River Falls, Minn., is seeking funds to provide a roof to protect former Soo Line locomotive No. 1024.

Steve Glischinski

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – A fundraising effort is underway to build a canopy to protect Soo Line 2-8-2 No. 1024. The engine has been on display near Thief River Falls City Hall – once the Soo Line passenger depot – for more than half a century. Residents are hoping to raise as much as $50,000 to build the canopy. About 10 percent of the money has been raised so far.

 Those donating $500 or more toward the project will receive a special booklet that designates them as a certified engineer. A donation of that size also includes a tour of No. 1024 from Hilary Stoltman, who fired the engine when it was in service, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

 Soo No. 1024 is historic since it is the only surviving steam locomotive from the Monon – the Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway. The locomotive was built in 1912 at Alco’s Brooks Works in Dunkirk, NY, as J-1 Class No. 504 for the Monon. It was one of the first batch of twenty-five Mikado’s bought by the Monon that year (Nos. 500-524). A further five J-1s were brought in 1918 and four more in 1923.

 No. 504 was sold to the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie (Soo Line) in 1941 and renumbered No. 1024. It was one of eight bought from the Monon by the railroad between 1941 and 1942 and designated Class L-4.

 Donations for the canopy project can be sent to City of Thief River Falls Engine Fund, P.O. Box 528, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.

Tim T Swan

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More MONON-related photos on Classic Trains website
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2015, 12:23:52 pm »
Two more Monon-related photos currently on Classic Trains magazine website, attached.

The first (color) photo, taken at Hammond in May 1953 is of a NKP Berkshire hauling a train of perishables eastward across the Grand Calumet River.  The structure partly visible at the far left is the Monon's bridge over the same river.

The second photo shows at least two of the Tennessee Railroad's ex-Monon J1-class 2-8-2's, taken at Oneida, TN in September 1954.

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Re: TRAINS News Wire re: Monon 504
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2015, 03:01:52 pm »
Yet another Monon-related photo from the Classic Trains website.  Tennessee RR's 2-10-2 #39 being overhauled at their Oneida, TN shops in 1955.  This locomotive is former Monon Class L1 #600, sold to TRR in August 1945.

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Re: TRAINS News Wire re: Monon 504
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 08:10:06 am »
Tim,

In your second photo of TRR steam, is there more information about the two engine numbers?

George L.