Soo Line Silhouette

A Soo Line passenger train leisurely ambles north through the snow covered pine woods of northern Wisconsin on its way to Duluth. The train is being pulled by 2719, a 4-6-2 Pacific, which was built in Schenectady, New York in 1923. It had a top speed of 80 miles per hour and it traveled 3 million miles before it was retired as the last operating steam engine in Wisconsin in 1959. In 1960, 2719 was placed in Eau Claire’s Carson Park, where it was displayed until 1996, when it was restored to full operating condition.
            © Stewart S. Buck