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Great Northern 2523

Postby SOO2719 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:45 am

Here are a few views of Great Northern 4-8-2 2523, on display at the county museum in Willmar, MN. She sure is some beauty.
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Front of GN 2523 Willmar 7 1 2018.JPG
GN 2523 Willmar 7 1 2018.JPG
GN 2523 at K County Museum Willmar 7 1 2018.JPG
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Re: Great Northern 2523

Postby SOO2719 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:47 am

Two more pics. I visited the 2523 this past Sunday. I'd never seen a Great Northern steam engine before, so I remedied that with a day trip to Willmar just to see the 2523. :D
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GN logo on 2523 tender Willmar 7 1 2018.JPG
Cab of GN 2523 Willmar 7 1 2018.JPG
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Re: Great Northern 2523

Postby Mark D » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:23 am

I don't get what you mean by NOW on display. IIRC, it's been on display since the early '60s at least. I see it's under a roof.
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Re: Great Northern 2523

Postby SOO2719 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:19 pm

I meant now with no past tense limit, of course. :D But "on display" would be simpler, and so it now is.
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Re: Great Northern 2523

Postby Mark D » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:08 am

I am pretty sure I saw that engine on its last run on the way to Willmar. I cannot recall the year, but steam was long since gone. Yet, as I and my whole family were heading west on U.S. hwy. 12 between (I'm pretty sure) Darwin and Litchfield on the way to my grandparents' cabin on Green Lake near Spicer, MN. we passed a train headed west. I don't recall the size or the consist or what the consist consisted of. In any case, as we approached the head end my dad called out, look at that! A pufferbelly! It was in tow behind a couple of what I would learn many many years later, F units. What I recall about the steam engine was that it had a lot of big wheels. This would have been probably in the early '60s, or maybe even the late 50's. But even then you just did not see steam engines on the rails on the move. It was in tow, I'm pretty sure because nothing at all was coming out of the stack. At that time in my life I thought of steam locomotives as things that emit huge copious quantities of black smoke coming out of the stack. The way Hollywood does it.
I would say it is probably that engine in Willmar being brought there for long term display.

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