Join us Saturday, May 20th when The Museum of
Transportation will host a restoration unveiling for the
New York Central #2933 and the Wabash #573 at
10:00 a.m. under the Roberts’ Pavilion.
Coby Ellison, Museum Curator, puts the final touches on the NYC #2933 (using data provided by NYCSHS).
New York Central L-2d Mohawk 2933 was built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) at Schenectady, New York in November, 1929, for the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & St. Louis (Big Four) RR as #6233. She was renumbered to NYC 2933 in 1936. She and the other 299 members of the L-2 Mohawk family were gutsy, no-frills freight engines. They served nearly all the lines of the New York Central System through the lean years of the Great Depression, through the war years, and right up to the end of steam. She was officially retired in August 1957, being the last of the Big Four L-2d Mohawks to be retired. She may have been used at Selkirk, New York, to supply steam heat after retirement. She was donated, along with a New York electric locomotive, S-2 113, to the Museum of Transportation by NYC President Alfred Perlman on June 13, 1963.
The restoration of the New York Central L-2d Mohawk 2933 took over 10 years.
Wabash 573 is a 2-6-0 Mogul type freight locomotive built by the Rhode Island Locomotive Works in 1899. Number 573 weighs 215,825 lbs. It has 64” drive wheels and 19” by 28” cylinders. Five of these Moguls were built for the Wabash Railroad. Even though Wabash claimed to be completely dieselized in 1953, it maintained two of the steam powered Moguls on a small branch line in Keokuk Illinois; due to a small bridge that could not support the weight of a diesel. The engine maintained a slight celebrity status among steam fans, and appeared several times in Trains Magazine in 1954-1955. Number 573 was donated to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation in 1955 by the Wabash Railroad.
If you are attending, please park in Parking Lot 2. The service gate by the ‘Function Junction Pavilion’ will be open for closer access to the rail yard. The Function Junction Pavilion is the blue canopy immediately to the south side of the Parking Lot 2 parking area. The gates open at 9:00 and the ceremony begins at 10 am.
Make a day of your visit! You can also:
– visit the 9th Annual Pumpers & Pistons Show, from 9 am – 3 pm, at the Museum of Transportation. Hosted by The Gateway Fire Historical Society and The American Truck Historical Society.
– Ride the miniature train and handcars and the historic Museum trolleys.
– Enjoy lunch… The St. Louis Cardinals’ Food Truck will be on-site from 11 am – 1:30 pm.