Friday, November 28, 2014

Greenville, PA Greenville Railroad Park

I just happened to stumble across this today while I was doing some work in the area. It appears the museum itself is closed during the winter, however, there is a great assortment of rolling stock outside that is available to look at anytime. Most of the rolling stock appears to be from the 1950's. The highlight of the collection is Steam Engine #304/604. It is 1 of 9 built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Eddystone, PA in 1936. This particular engine was built for the Union Railroad, which was started by Andrew Carnegie in 1896 to serve his steel mills in the Monongahela Valley. The Union Railroad is still in existence and is based in Monroeville, PA. It still serves the (remaining) mills in the Mon Valley. The steam engine was originally Union Railroad #304 before it was sold in 1949 to the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad in Minnesota and renumbered 604. These 9 steam engines were the largest steam switch engines ever built. This thing is absolutely massive!!

Other rolling stock includes a Wheeling and Lake Erie caboose, a Bessemer caboose, a Union Pacific caboose and a 1952 Bessemer ore jenny. There is also an open air passenger car named Erie 8200 as well as the steam engines tender.

The steam engine and tender are labeled Union 304 on one side and Duluth, Missabe, and Iron 604 on the other. 

It was a great accidental discovery and I can't wait to get back and see the museum. 

A link to the museum is right here:

The massive steam switch engine.

Her story.

These driving wheels were as tall as me.

The Union side (URR 304).

The tender (DMI 604), the ore jenny (BLE 20567) and the Bessemer caboose (BLE 1985).

WLE 205 and Erie 8200.

UP 25437 and Erie 8200.

BLE 1985.

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