Aw geeeez, these make me sad and glad and mad all at once. Daphne and I made our last road trip through this country in 2015, a partial circle of Lake Superior
. They went and ROOoooont my Mighty 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone in Two Harbors! DM & IR "Yellowstone" 2-8-8-4 Mallet #229 Locomotive (1943)
by Charles Haacker
, on Flickr
I understand. If you don't fence them in the vandals will steal the headlight and the bell and the number boards and anything they can wrench off (curse them), but when every static engine has to be fenced it really screws up the photo ops. There are only 3 of these mighty monsters left. One of the others is in Duluth but it's also impossible to get at. I knew they'd fenced the 2-6-0 "3-spot" because it was fenced in 2015.
So! Where's the pitcher of Betty's Pies? (If I haven't mentioned it, our son did his undergrad at UM Duluth, so we spent 4+ years running up from Madison and came to absolutely love the whole region, even in -20 degree winter.)