GCRY #539, formerly LSI #14 is on display at the Grand Canyon Railway depot in Williams, AZ

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GCRY #539, Williams, AZ

Built for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming as #14 in 1906 at Alco's Pittsburgh, PA, works, this SC-3 Class Consolidation type (2-8-0) locomotive was renumbered #29 in 1923.

In 1963, after forty years working on
the LS&I, the locomotive was one of eleven 2-8-0s (#18-#24, #29 & #32-#35) sold to the Marquette & Huron
Mountain Railroad, a tourist operation running on the former twenty-four mile LS&I "Big Bay Branch" line from Presque Isle in Marquette to Big Bay, WI. The line was sold in January 1985 following the owner’s death and the locomotives reverted back to LS&I ownership.

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Immediately after being returned to the LS&I, #29 was sold on to the scrap dealer, the Ishpeming Steel Company. It was bought by the Grand Canyon Railway in 1989 and steamed there until 2008. It was later placed on static display at the railway’s depot in Williams, AZ.

#29 weighs 219,800 lbs, 197,800 lbs on its
50” drivers. On oil burner with 23” x 30” cylinders, it operated at a boiler pressure
of 200 psi delivering 48,000 lbs tractive
effort.

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