Sunday, May 10, 2009

GN1355 displayed to the public to kick off historic preservation week

After twenty-five years of restoration work, Great Northern Railway Steam Locomotive No. 1355 was displayed outdoors on Saturday, May 2, 2009, to kick off historic preservation week in Sioux City. This public display was significant as it marked the "near completion" of this historic preservation project. The locomotive's cosmetic and basic mechanical restoration is 99 percent complete with some minor details to be completed by October 16, 2009. In making its public appearance, the locomotive sported its heritage "Glacier Green" paint scheme and graphics. Over 500 visitors took advantage of the sunny Saturday to stop by the Milwaukee Railroad Shops to see the locomotive. The attached photo is illustrative of the grounds that formed around the locomotive through out the day.

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