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No. 2 Baldwin Engine
The 2

Let's get No. 2 running under its own power.
Help finance its rebuilding

Locomotive No. 2 was built new for the New Berlin & Winfield in 1906 by Baldwin. It is a 20 ton 2-6-0, Mogul producing 6,289-lbs. tractive effort.

The NB&W operated an 8-mile line in Pennsylvania, for an agricultural community. No. 2 hauled freight and passengers on this small operation until the mid teens. In 1917 the locomotive was sold to the Argent Lumber Co. in South Carolina. No. 2 worked the swamp trackage, hauling logs back to the mill in Hardeeville.

This trim Mogul became the "main line" engine during the late 1950s at Argent Lumber Company making two trips per day from the mill to the woods interchange point where she exchanged empty cars for loaded ones. No. 2 can claim to have burned three types of fuel: coal, wood, and oil.

After the railroad shut down the locomotive was purchased by the MCRR and shipped to Iowa. It was rebuilt by the early 70's and operated as the main road engine for nearly 20 years until 1987 when it was taken out of service for a complete rebuild. This rebuild includes a complete frame up restoration comprising of a new boiler.

The 2
No. 2 being refueled in August 1974

The 2
No. 2 going over the bridge at the Old Threasher's Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, IA, August 1974

Random Updates Regarding No. 2's Rebuilding

The effort to get No. 2 rolling on its wheels and running under its own power goes in "fits and starts." Much of the effort is spearheaded by Kendall O. The following sets of pictures show some of the work as it progresses from a pile worthy of a visit from a scrap dealer to a functional steam locomotive. Each picture displayed below links to a larger version.

2014-10: Scott D. prepares one axle set for "tire" removal. With the fire ring in place, the old  tire is heated which expands it a few thousandths of an inch allowing it to drop away.
After removing one tire, the axle is rotated to take the other tire off. Heating the tire. The lighting was perfect to show the flames licking at the old tire.
2016-04: The three axle sets were sent to Durango, CO, to get new axles. The MCRR staff is unloading the trailer.  One by one, the three axle sets are removed from the trailer and eventually were moved to the back of the "center" track in the shop.



 Midwest Central Railroad  Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 319−385−2912 (updated 04Aug16)