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No. 34 as Western Maryland #734

Lake Superior & Ishpeming RR No. 34 is a class SC-1 Consolidation type 2-8-0 steam locomotive built in 1916 by the Baldwin locomotive works for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad.

The engine had a long career with the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad, working out of Marquette, MI.

It was retired in 1951 and stayed on the company's dead line at Marquette until the railroad sold three SC-1s (#32, #34 & #35) to the Marquette & Huron Mountain tourist railroad in 1963.

No. 34 was sold to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in 1991, where it was converted to make it look more like a Western Maryland Class H-7 2-8-0 locomotive and renumbered #734.

As of today the engine hauls passenger excursions and occasional freight trains at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

TriviaEdit

  • While operating on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, she has been nicknamed "Mountain Thunder".
  • No. 34 worked for four years hauling passengers from West Yard to Big Bay, WI, and West Yard to Marquette, WI, on old LS&I track age.
  • In November of 1967, #34 was sold to the Illinois Railway Museum were it used to be put on static display.
  • Between October 21st and 22nd, 2013 the locomotive was renumbered 729.
  • In May 2011, Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek took the throttle of mountain thunder for the railroading 101 category on November 25th just 6 months later.
  • Then in 1993 the restoration was complete and it was working in operating condition.
  • When it was bought by the WMSR and underwent a restoration and rebuild, including increasing boiler pressure to 200 psi, replacing the tender with New York Central Mohawk #2662's.
  • Due to the restoration of Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 #1309, Mountain Thunder ran its final regular trains of the 2015 season, and also some Freight Specials in February & April of 2016 for the ultimate disassembly of the FRA inspection.

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