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Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby lumpy72 » Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:18 pm

Whitewater Valley Railroad
P. O. Box 406
Connersville, Indiana 47331
(765) 825-2054
www.whitewatervalleyrr.org


STEAM RETURNS TO THE WHITEWATER VALLEY

RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS AND HISTORY BUFFS GATHER FOR THE RETURN OF THE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE FLAGG COAL # 75.


For Immediate Release – Tuesday, August 1, 2007


Connersville, Indiana - The Whitewater Valley Railroad is proud to announce that after a successful visit in September 2006, steam locomotive # 75 will once again move along the historic ex-New York Central Railroad’s Whitewater Branch Line under its own brute power.

The Whitewater Valley Railroad will be hosting Flagg Coal Company #75 for the first two weekends in September 2007. The first weekend’s activities are being held in Connersville, Indiana with the following weekend’s activities being held in Historic Metamora, Indiana. This will be the first stop on a five month long tour of different rail operations. After the WVRR stop, the locomotive will visit the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina, before heading off for two more stops in the Carolina’s and two additional stops in Florida.

Connersville, Indiana Schedule

Friday August 31, 2007 will kick off the first weekend with Flagg Coal # 75 on display under steam at Connersville’s Grand Central Station most of the day. At 4:00 PM the first public excursion will depart for an hour long trip along remnants of the Whitewater Canal as well as the West Fork of the Whitewater River. Fares for the hour long six mile round trip excursion pulled by Flagg Coal # 75 are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price.

Saturday September 1, Sunday September 2, and Labor Day - Monday September 3, Festivities start at 9:30 AM at Connersville’s Grand Central Station with five departures of Flagg Coal # 75 at 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:45 PM along remnants of the Whitewater Canal as well as the West Fork of the Whitewater River. Fares for the hour long six mile round trip excursion pulled by Flagg Coal # 75 are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price.



Metamora, Indiana Schedule

Friday September 7, 2006 will kick off the second weekend with Flagg Coal # 75 making five one hour excursions from Historic Downtown Metamora, Indiana along remnants of the Whitewater Canal as well as the West Fork of the Whitewater River. Departure times are 10:00 AM, 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:15 PM, and 5:00 PM. Fares for the hour long six mile round trip excursion pulled by Flagg Coal # 75 are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price.

Saturday September 8, and Sunday September 9, Festivities start at 9:30 AM at Historic Downtown Metamora, Indiana with five departures of Flagg Coal # 75 at 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:45 PM along remnants of the Whitewater Canal as well as the West Fork of the Whitewater River. Fares for the hour long six mile round trip excursion pulled by Flagg Coal # 75 are $16 per person and children ages 2-12 ride for half price.

In addition to #75, our regularly scheduled excursions will also operate each weekend. These include the very popular Laurel Hotel “Train to Dinner” and the traditional Connersville – Metamora Excursion.

Metamora is Indiana's treasured 1838 canal town. Nestled in southeastern Indiana's beautiful countryside, Metamora is steeped in history and famous for its preservation of Indiana's oldest and still operating water-powered grist mill. Located 60 miles east of Indianapolis and 35 miles west of Cincinnati, A must see town that retains all of its traditional charm and languid atmosphere. Shop in stores housed in buildings dated back to the early 1800s, eat and above all else... Enjoy the slow relaxing pace of the past!

Flagg Coal Company # 75 is a 40 ton saddle tank locomotive built by the Vulcan Iron Works of Wilkes Barre, PA in 1930. # 75 went into service in December of 1930 as # 2 for the Flagg Coal Company of Avoca, PA where it was used as a switch engine. In 1935 it was sold to the Solvay Process Co. in Jamesville, NY and renumbered 75. There, it was used to push 4-wheel hopper cars from the steam shovel to the crusher at the rock quarry. In the early 1950s the Solvay Process Co. disbanded their railroad operation in favor of trucking and in 1953, # 75 and twelve other locomotives were sold to Dr. Groman and his planned Rail City Museum in Sandy Pond, NY. There, the locomotive sat untouched until 1991 when John and Byron Gramling purchased it with the intent to restore it to operating condition. The father son duo painstakingly disassembled the locomotive, moved it to their shop in Ashley, Indiana and over the course of the following ten years returned it to service. For more information on # 75 visit the locomotive online at www.FlaggCoalCompany75.com.

Established in 1972, the Whitewater Valley Railroad is a non profit railroad history organization. It is an operating railroad museum dedicated to the preservation of a historic branch line railroad, the restoration of railroad equipment, and to the conduct of railroad educational programs. The railroad is operated by volunteers and all proceeds from this event will be used to further the organization’s mission.

Come to Connersville or Historic Metamora for this spectacular railroading event, and return to a time when the railroad moved the nation and the short line railroad was a small town’s best friend. Call (765) 825-2054 for more information and reservations. Visit the Whitewater Valley Railroad’s web site at www.whitewatervalleyrr.org
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#75 storming through South Connersville Yard on Labor Day 2006.
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Hogger1225 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:38 am

Hey Lumpy, did the Merry-Go-Rouind ride get re-enforced this year? :lol:
I get paid for doing what you like to watch! LOL! (jk)

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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby lumpy72 » Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:21 pm

Actually we got a new one and it already has been checked out... :lol:

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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Mark D » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:23 am

What's with that forlorn looking little engine sitting on that overgrown track, sans headlight?
Ornamental only, or plans to use it for parts, or ?
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Hogger1225 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:08 am

Ijust might take a couple of sick days from the NS and come down and watch.
I get paid for doing what you like to watch! LOL! (jk)

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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby lumpy72 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:07 pm

New York Central #6894

New York Central #6894 was built in June of 1912 by the American Locomotive Company, Pittsburgh Works, builder’s number P 51245. It was delivered as #8794 and was renumbered to its present number in 1936. It is a classed as a B-10W by the New York Central and assigned to the Michigan Central whose lines included lines radiating out from Detroit, Michigan to the top of the Michigan, Toledo, Ohio, and across northern Indiana to Chicago. The Class B10 indicates that the locomotive is an 0-6-0 switcher with 180 psi boiler pressure, 57 inch driving wheels, cross compound air compressor, and 21 x 28 cylinders. Subclass W engines were designed to specifications that included superheated steam, outside piston valves, Walschaerts valve gear, and a slightly larger coal supply. Tractive effort of this series was 33,140 pounds and total weight on drivers was 171,000 pounds (85.5 tons). Tender water capacity is thought to be 8,400 gallons. The engine received a number of upgrades over its life including power reverse, ash pan shaker motor, and automatic flange lubricators. It is a large engine as compared to the other steam engines on the WVRR.

The New York Central operated a fleet of 683 class B-10 and nearly identical B-11 switch engines until the depression. During the 1930’s many of the oldest switchers were retired due to the lack of business during the depression and either sold or scrapped. A programmed upgrading of the older switchers was begun in 1913 and ended in 1928 to refit many of the older class B-10 sub classes with improvements of the last series built, including superheating, such as 6894. Many of these engines were never upgraded to the B-10V and B-10W specifications and removed from service through the 1930's. As #6894 was built to the newest specifications it remained with the New York Central until after the end of World War II when new diesel switch engines and larger more modern U class 0-8-0 s began to replace the B-10 and B-11 assignments. B-10 engines stayed in service in places like Connersville until the mid 1950's.

In November of 1945, #6894 was sold to the Wyandotte Southern Railroad in Wyandotte, Michigan and renumbered as #7. Had this not happened, it most likely would have been lost with all of the others. It was again sold in June of 1950 to Nicholson Terminal and Dock Company at River Rouge, Michigan who renumbered it as #15. Apparently it was sold in operable condition when the engine went to Mr. B.J. Pollard of Detroit in May of 1966. It was sold by him to Custom Car Services in Hagerstown, Maryland in January of 1969 and the engine was moved to Hagerstown, but apparently had not be in operation for some time. Custom Car was headed by a Mr. Darby who restored antique passenger cars. Apparently, the Flagler car now at ITM was one of the last restored by Mr. Darby. The locomotive was reportedly used to test steam heating systems on these passenger cars. Whether this was true or was only the intention of Mr. Darby is not known. Mr. Darby’s business apparently did not work out well financially and in 1970 the engine was sold to Maryland Metals for scrap, perhaps by the owners of Mr. Darby's facility. In July of 1971 a group of individuals headed by Mr. Charles Smith purchased the engine from Maryland Metals with the intention of bringing it to the Wilmington & Western Railroad in Delaware. The engine was prepared for shipment, but was never moved for unknown reasons. It was stored on the grounds of the Western Maryland Railroad roundhouse complex until that facility was demolished a few years ago. The engine has since been outside on a siding near the Hagerstown NHRS Chapter / Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum building. Moved to Connersville in in the winter of 2005-2006. Plans currently are to do a cosmetic restoration.

Of the 489 B-10 class switchers, #6894 is the only one in existence. Only one of the nearly identical class B-11 switchers #6751 survives. This engine was on display in Dayton Ohio's Carrilon Park until "sold" and moved to Utica New York.

Of the huge fleet of New York Central steam locomotives, only 12 (including the two above) remain in existence.
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Fitz » Tue Aug 07, 2007 5:37 pm

Lumpy, I appreciate the story of NYC 6894. Thanks.
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Mark D » Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:31 am

Lumpy, that was a great history of that engine. Magazine quality.
I'm wondering if your group has the missing accessories? Such as most notably the headlight and numberboards? If not, do you know where to find similar?
I'm leading up to something.
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby Mark D » Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:30 pm

Or not.
I was figuring I might be able to supply a replica headlight if you needed it.
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Re: Steam Returning to Connersville & Metamora, Indiana

Postby lumpy72 » Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:22 am

A previous owner has a few of these items, but to this point we have not seen any of them. One of our members did make a trip to retreive them and they could not be located at the time. So we would be interested in any type of help. We are not sure what he may have or not, but we were just happy to bring a NYC peice in to our collection.
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