Established 1994

Pittsburgh Garden Railway Society
C/O Ann Celento
312 Hawthorne Street
Canonsburg PA, 15317

April 2014 Newsletter

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Chasing Trains - Big and Little The Dining Car
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Chasing Trains - Big and Little


Chasing Trains - Big and Little

 Last month we reported on the beginning of the restoration of Union Pacific Big Boy #  4014.   The March 2014 issue of Trains Magazine has an article which reports another WWII  era locomotive being restored.to operating condition.
A group in Wasilla Alaska is restoring Alaska RR 2-8-0 # 557 for service. The 557 is one of the few remaining of 2,120 class S-160  locomotive built for the US Army Transportation Corps in 1942-1945. The 557 was built by Baldwin in 1944.
These engines were by Baldwin Alco, and Lima and were shipped to power short roads like the Alaska and for military use all over the world during WWII'
In the early 1940's I can remember several of these engines dead in tow passing both east and west through Wilkinsburg and Edgewood.in route to various military theaters.
Many of these engines served in England prior to D-day and in various European Countries after WWII.
Thanks to my Nephew , I have run across a real asset for the ferroequinologist.This is a tear off desk calendar titled A YEAR OF TRAIN TRIVIA.by Sellers Publishing
Co. of South Portland Me. and the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore. It is available locally from Barnes and Noble Each daily page has a photo and brief description of a railroad subject.