Our first move of the year, other than running light.￼￼￼
We are open by appointment only.
We have over a mile of track including a 3/4 mile loop which we traverse two times, giving a 1.5 mile scenic train ride . We have over 25 pieces of railroad equipment. We are still out in the country so we have plenty of scenic areas for nice photos. Besides a full size train ride, we also have a 1895 Saint Paul And Duluth Railroad depot, a miniture train ride, a petting zoo and 50 acres of nature. The depot is where most of the collection of railroad artifacts is located. We have over 100,000 artifacts so displays are changed out frequently.
Our first move of the year, other than running light.￼￼￼
Our upright lift has arrived. We purchased this from the Canadian Pacific Railway for use at our museum. It will be a very welcome tool here.￼￼￼￼
One of the more fun original pieces in our collection that was used to drum up support on the Twin City and Lake superior Railway.￼
Soo Line combine 397 made its first Ironhorse Central train trip from ￼￼North Topside to Groningen Station.
November sixth and seventh we moved our Chesapeake and Ohio/ Soo Line triple combine to Ironhorse Railroad Park. We prepped it starting the fourth and received a little snow. It was quite an operation and we had some top people working on the project thank you everyone who helped. This car has been in Ladysmith Wisconsin for many years it was stored out at the mine and then we had it moved to town a few years ago. We recently lost our “free parking” so we had to move it￼￼￼. It is a heavy car with a weight of 155,000 lbs. it was built in 1930 by The St Louis car company￼ for the Chesapeake and Ohio railroad. It was purchased in 1950 by the Soo Line railroad from the Georgia car and locomotive company. It was retired from passenger service in the early 1960s and became a work train car￼￼￼￼￼. It was given to the city of Ladysmith in the early 1980s. ￼ We purchased it around four years ago￼.
We went to Thief River Falls today and picked up a Fairmont Motor Car Tow￼￼ we purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. It will come in handy hauling extra people who will be helping this next Summer when we redo more track. ￼￼
Caboose 583’s frame and trucks salvaged from the Minnesota and Western Ry in Annandale, MN, has just left for Wisconsin￼ to be part of a caboose restoration. We saved it from scrap for just such a purpose. It is going to to be used to restore a sister South Shore caboose found in upper Peninsula Michigan￼￼.
An interesting forgotten part of the Soo Line connecting the east.
The tarp’s blew off and needed to be repositioned on the Delaware and Hudson 35222 so I pulled it out and decided to test her out on the curves of our line. The car really handles well,I was quite surprised. I have been planning out the rubber roof application and hope to put it on, in the next month or two.
Photo of the day: Steam locomotive freight at Jackson Street 1939.
Photo of the day: The C&NW 400 going by Jackson Street.
My historical photo of the day. Found this one in an old 1930s album of highway department pictures.
Some video of our new Geismar Hydraulic Spiker.
A nice “new to us” piece of track machinery for us to make life easier. It is a Geismar hydraulic spiker manufactured in 2010.
Friday night we allowed our parking area to be used for a wedding. The wedding was a couple miles away so they charted trolley bus service to and from the wedding from our parking area. It was interesting having a scheduled run from our museum to another destination.
The tank from Soo Line locomotive #2425 which is actually the tank from 2426 remained behind and will stay in our collection. Apparently moving costs exceeded value.
Soo Line Locomotive 2425 finally left for upper Peninsula Michigan and a new life to be restored to run on the mineral range railroad.
Our 1942 Whitcomb and our 1918 CB&Q/C&S 2 chamber hopper car on “Dress Parade” today.
Another sinkhole along the right-away but thankfully our old Fairmont ton and a half Derrick Car with a handcrank did the trick to get us out.
The new storage track is shaping up quite nicely and now just needs to be leveled and to have traprock added.
Building some much-needed storage space.
My latest dilemma.
Out and about on the line this past weekend.
A nice back up of water along the Highline adds a nice view and refuge for wildlife thanks to the spring thawing of the snow.
Our two railroad buildings arrived from Plummer, MN last week and today. We purchased them from the Canadian Pacific Railway. One is technically a Section House and the other a Tool House and work place with a nice interior for parts.
The snow just keeps piling up.
Out and about on the line enjoying the snow.
We operated the 1942 20 ton US Army Whitcomb switcher this afternoon/evening. It ran well.
A couple years ago we received some billboard tarps. We put grommets on them in preparation to cover the miners car. Upon on unfolding one of them we discovered it was advertising a show for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today we applied the tarps. From the side it looks like we are advertising for shooting star casino. From the air, airplanes will see Lynyrd Skynyrd/Josh Turner concert information.
A brochure that they used to give away at Steamtown that I think is quite useful today.
D&H RR miners car photos from Indiana to Minnesota
Delaware and Hudson Railroad miners coach/paycar #11 arrived at IRP today after a long journey from Indiana.
The mid morning (2nd)load of traprock became stuck because of the rising temperatures. Part of the load had to be manually unloaded. Our new M816 wrecker got its first Ironhorse Railroad Park task of pulling the truck out. We had to use a track jack to stabilize the trailer to keep it from tipping sideways allowing us to remove another half the load using the dump feature. After becoming unstuck we were able to put the last quarter of the load where the first load had been dumped.
An early morning Traprock delivery for some late fall track work.
A song on a record in our record collection. Merle Haggard “The Silver Ghost”
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Chisago City, MN
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