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Steam Engines

Baldwin 1916 Lake Superior & Ishpeming 35
Baldwin 1916
Lake Superior & Ishpeming 35
Description:2-8-0 Consolidation

Equipment Information

Lake Superior & Ishpeming 35 is a heavy freight engine built for hauling low-speed ore trains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Consolidation was the most common wheel arrangement in the history of American steam engines, with more 2-8-0s built than any other one wheel arrangement. LS&I 35 is an unusually heavy example and was designed purely for freight service. It is the only preserved steam engine with a tender booster, a small steam engine that powered the front truck of the tender for additional tractive effort.

COMPARE ME WITH: Louisiana & Arkansas 99, another 2-8-0 Consolidation preserved at IRM. The L&A engine is much smaller than LS&I 35, weighing about 40% less and boasting only half the tractive effort of the large LS&I engine.

Builder: Baldwin Locomotive Works
Year Built: 1916
Builder Number: 43106
Wheel Arrangement: 2-8-0
Length: 73ft 4in
Width: 10ft 6in
Height: 15ft 8in
Weight: 270000 lbs
Brakes: 6ET
Tractive Effort: 60480 lbs
Cylinders: 26×30
Boiler Pressure: 200 psi
Drivers: 50in
Description: Consolidation
Arrived: 1985
Condition: Complete / unrestored / not operational

Ownership History
1916-1923 – Lake Superior & Ishpeming #19
1923-1963 – Lake Superior & Ishpeming #35
1963-1985 – Marquette & Huron Mountain #35
1985-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL