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Mt. Pleasant, Iowa:
Midwest Central Railroad


The Midwest Central Railroad operates narrow-gauge steam-powered trains on the grounds of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, an annual agricultural heritage festival that takes place during the five days ending with Labor Day. The trains run on a loop about 1.25 miles (2 km) long, circling the main exhibition area. Two trains run at once, leaving simultaneously from two stations at opposite sides of the loop.

See also the Midwest Electric Railway Museum, which operates electric streetcars and interurbans on a separate loop on the Reunion grounds.

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This visit to the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion was part of a tour organized by the Cincinnati Railfans Club and Peter Ehrlich. I am very grateful to them for the opportunity to participate.


Engine 9 (Shay)

This engine was built in 1923 by the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, for the West Side Lumber Company of Tuolumne, California. It ran there until the line closed in the early 1960s, and was then bought by the MCRR.

[picture] In front of the water tower at the depot.

[picture] Heading north along the west side of the Reunion grounds.

Engine 6 (Baldwin)

This engine was built in 1891 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, for the Surry Sussex & Southampton Railway in Virginia. They eventually sold it to the Argent Lumber Company in Hardeeville, South Carolina, who in turn sold it to the MCRR in 1960. The MCRR bought another Baldwin from Argent at the same time, but that one (#2) is currently out of service for restoration.

[picture] Front view, pulling away from the south station.

[picture] Rear view, a little bit later.

[picture] In front of the shops.

Engine 16 (Henschel)

This engine was built in 1951 by Henschel & Sons of Kassel, Germany. It came to the U.S. in 1963 for use in a proposed amusement park in Detroit that never got off the ground. The MCRR finally bought it and put it to work in 1982.

[picture] Coming through Snipe Run as it approaches the depot.

[picture] At the depot, next to the water tower.

[picture] A closeup look while at the depot.

This page was last updated on 23 May 2007, and reviewed on 24 January 2008.

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