Soo Line #1003 Steamed Up and Running AGAIN !!

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kschmidt626

SE Wisconsin Railfan
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In 2010 there was alot of talk that the Soo Line #1003 2-8-2 steam engine had made its last run and was going to stuffed and mounted in a Wisconsin Auto Museum. Well thanks to alot of hard work and large donations by several Wisconsinites and others the #1003 has emerged from its 15 yr rebuild and is ready to grace the rails of Wisconsin and maybe elsewhere once again. As of right now 2 Steam powered trains running in SE Wisconsin have been announced.

Saturday November 3, 2012 Toys for Tots Train
•Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
•Participants: Toys for Tots Organization / Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Foundation / UW Athletics / 1003 Organization / Wisconsin & Southern Railroad / Local Chambers of Commerce
•Equipment: SOO 1003 Steam Engine, Baggage cars, Refurbished Milwaukee Road Caboose
•Route: Milton to Middleton, WI, 20 min stops at each station
•Stations: Milton, Edgerton, Stoughton, McFarland, Madison and Middleton.
•On-Board: Santa Claus, Marine Corps Representatives, Toys for Tots Director,
University of Wisconsin football players and 1003 crew and uniformed conductor.

SCHEDULE – Saturday, November 3, 2012
Arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change

10:00 a.m. – Milton depot
10:20 – Depart Milton depot

10:40 – Arrive Edgerton depot
11:00 – Depart Edgerton depot

11:30 – Arrive Stoughton depot
11:50 – Depart Stoughton depot

12:20 p.m. – Arrive McFarland’s Larson Park
(Allow for watering of locomotive)
1:05 – Depart McFarland’s Larson Park

1:50 – Arrive Madison at Randall Street and Campus Drive
2:20 – Depart Madison

2:40 – Arrive downtown Middleton
3:00 – PROGRAM CONCLUSION


•Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012
•Participants: Toys for Tots Organization / Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” Foundation / 1003 Organization / Wisconsin & Southern Railroad / Local Chambers of Commerce
•Equipment: SOO 1003 Steam Engine, Baggage cars, Refurbished Milwaukee Road Caboose
•Route: Ripon to Germantown, WI. 20 min stops at each station
•Stations: Ripon, Brandon, Burnett, Horicon, Hartford, Slinger, Richfield, Germantown.
•On-Board: Santa Claus, Marine Corps Representatives, and 1003 crew and uniformed conductor.

SCHEDULE – Sunday, November 11th, 2012
Arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change
9:30 a.m. – Arrive Ripon, Wis.
9:50 – Depart Ripon

10:10 – Arrive Brandon
(allow for watering of locomotive)
10:50 – Depart Brandon

11:20 – Arrive Burnett
11:30 – Depart Burnett

11:45 – Arrive Horicon Depot
12:05 p.m. – Depart Horicon Depot

12:40 – Arrive Hartford
(allow for watering of locomotive)
1:20 – Depart Hartford Depot

1:30 – Arrive Slinger
1:50 – Depart Slinger

2:45 – Arrive Richfield
3:05 – Depart Richfield

3:40 – Arrive Germantown
4:00 – PROGRAM CONCLUSION

Here are some shots from Photographer Specials that #1003 has pulled visiting cities that will be visited on the two trips.


What Year is this ?? by kschmidt626, on Flickr
Taken in Burnett, WI


#1003 and a precious load of Allis-Chalmers tractors by kschmidt626, on Flickr
Just south of Brandon, WI


Classic Car and Classic Locomotive by kschmidt626, on Flickr
Grade Crossing near Iron Ridge, WI


It helps to know the Engineer to get some nice smoke effects by kschmidt626, on Flickr
In the City of Madison


Early on a frosty morning Soo #1003 steams at Horicon, WI by kschmidt626, on Flickr
Steaming up in Horicon, WI

Great to see another steam engine rebuilt and ready to run. BIG THANK YOU to all involved. Also nice see that the new owner of the Wisconsin & Southern RR WATCO is willing to allow the #1003 to run.

Keith Schmidt
 
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What a beautiful Locomotive!!!!!! Wow!! Congratulations and thanks to all who put in countless hours working to restore her. What a labor of love. Great pictures I love those with the cars of the same era as the locomotive. Tom
 





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