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Steam Locomotives

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Northern Pacific 328

Steam locomotive 328 is a light 4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler” which spent years running branch line trains to small towns along the St. Croix river, like Stillwater, Grantsburg, and Taylors Falls. Those tracks are gone, but 328 survived in a city park in Stillwater.

In 1981 it was restored to operation by the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Currently it is on display at the Jackson Street Roundhouse.

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Northern Pacific 2156

Steam locomotive 2156 is a light 4-6-2 “Pacific,” built in 1909 to help handle the Northern Pacific’s increasing passenger business. Based on the successful Q-1 class, Q-3 engines 2148-2170 were constructed by Baldwin (2148-2157) and Alco (2158-2170.) They were well-liked by the crews, capable of cruising at 95 mph. Vital stats: 200 psi superheated steam, 236,000 lbs engine weight, 69″ drivers, 22″x26″ cylinders, 31,000 lbs tractive effort.

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Northern Pacific 2153

Steam locomotive 2153 is a 4-6-2 “Pacific” built to pull the Northern Pacific’s premier passenger train, the North Coast Limited. Retired in the fifties when the railroad switched to diesel locomotives, 2153 was donated to the city of East Grand Forks, MN, who displayed it in a city Park. In 2000 the city gave the 2153 to the Minnesota Transportation Museum. In reparation for movement to St. Paul, MN, the jewelry and jacketing were removed for safe keeping and the asbestos lagging abated.