I took some pictures last week, but mostly I took a trip down memory lane. I wanted to start the creative thoughts flowing in my head for Kat's class. I don't know what the course material will be, but somehow I have a feeling our early years will come into play.
I don't want to reveal my pictures that I took yet, I am saving those for class. But I didn't want to waste the opportunity for something for Walk and Click Wednesday. So I visited the Pere Marquette 1223.
Built in 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works for $90,000, 1223 hauled freight between Toledo and Chicago in the years immediately before and after World War II.
When Pere Marquette was absorbed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, 1223 was assigned number 2657 but never had the new number painted on her. The locomotive was not paid off at the time and the merger agreement stated that equipment still under trust remained in Pere Marquette livery.
1223 was retired from service in 1951.
After retirement, 1223 was moved to New Buffalo, Michigan to be scrapped. However she was repainted and moved in 1960 for display at the state fairgrounds in Detroit.
In 1980 state fair officials wanted to expand the grandstands but 1223 stood in the way. The City of Grand Haven won the bidding process.
With the help of the Michigan National Guard as well as Grand Trunk Western and Chessie System railroads, 1223 was moved to Grand Haven. The 180 mile trip took place on September 1, 1981.
- 1223 never visited Grand Haven while in service due to her weight (400 tons).
- 1223 is displayed next to a previously abandoned Grand Trunk Western Railroad coal tower on an out-of-service industrial rail spur.
- 1223 is missing driving pistons. These were removed before the engine was ever taken to the Fairgrounds.