Friday, August 04, 2006

Kettle Moraine Scenic Railway steam locomotive # 9, at the end of the line. June 1985.

I took this photograph on a June 1985 railroad excursion, with the Railroad Club of Chicago. Our group had boarded a bus in downtown Chicago, and travelled to the Kettle Moraine Scenic Railway, located in Northlake Wisconsin USA. Our train, pulled by Locomotive # 9, had just reached the end of the excursion line. At the end of the line, passengers could get off the train and visit the locomotive cab.
Locomotive # 9 is an oil burning 2 -6 -2 Prairie Type steam locomotive built in 1901. This locomotive originally hauled lumber trains on the Mc Cloud River Railroad in northern California. The town and surrounding area in Northlake Wisconsin began to Gentrify or "Upscale" during the late 1990's and early 2000's. Complaints about smoke and noise from newer area residents caused the Kettle Morraine Scenic Railway to close in the early 2000's. This equipment has since been relocated to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Wisconsin USA.

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