Sunday, January 4, 2009

Heartland Rails: Soo Line Steam 2-8-2

The post from Viewliner Limited contributor Ray Peacock will be a regular feature on Sunday's and will showcase Ray's great railroad photography. (To visit Heartland Rails just click on the banner)

The Soo Line Railroad is the primary United States railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway, controlled through the Soo Line Corporation, and one of seven U.S. Class I railroads. It is named for the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, which was commonly known as the Soo Line after the phonetic spelling of Sault.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Milton, Wisconsin, December 06, 2008 ~ The WSOR Santa Train led by Soo Line 1003 and featuring a specially painted boxcar returns to Janesville after display in Edgerton, Wisconsin.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Edgerton, Wisconsin, December 06, 2008 ~ The sky opens up for a brief minute and illuminates the WSOR Santa Train, backing up for a dramatic runby past the spectators and families waiting by the depot as it leaves town.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Whitewater, Wisconsin, December 11, 2008 ~ Soo 1003 steams into Whitewater.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Whitewater, Wisconsin, December 11, 2008 ~ The Soo Line 1003 is in charge of the mainline. She'll earn her keep today, spending a few hours posing in a production set in the 20's, to be filmed at the depot a couple miles ahead. She'll boil about 1,000 gallons of water away per hour keeping the steam pressure up at the depot and will need to re-top the jug down the line at Palmyra late afternoon when she gets rolling again.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Whitewater, Wisconsin, December 11, 2008 ~ Steam and snow, what a combination. The Soo 1003 enters Whitewater and will momentarily pull into the depot to pose in a film production.

Soo Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Whitewater, Wisconsin, December 11, 2008 ~ Pulling in to the depot in a throwback scene.


Richard Harrison said...

Great stuff! The depot in the last image is a treat.

Cory Gross said...

I'm a big fan of the depot picture too. Hooray for steam trains and antique stations in winter!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! Molly

outsidetheberm said...

These are so great. Thank you.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Happy that you all enjoyed. Thanks for looking.

Ray Peacock said...

Thanks for the comments, shooting steam in winter gives one a greater appreciation for the efforts required by volunteers who keep the history alive and under steam, like the Soo 1003 team!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thanks again for the great pics Ray. These are extraordinary, Richard.

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