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Ladysmith in Rusk County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Old Smoky

Ladysmith, Wis.

 
 
Old Smoky Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 17, 2011
1. Old Smoky Marker
Inscription. Steam locomotive 1011 was donated to the City of Ladysmith by the Soo Line Railroad in 1961. The 2-8-2 "Mikado" locomotive was built in May 1920 by the American Locomotive Co. at its Brooks plant in Dunkirk, N.Y. It was the first of 23 Class L-2 and L-20 engines built for the Soo Line. The locomotive and tender are 82.5 feet long and weigh 493,100 pounds. Tender 4003 held 10,000 gallons of water and 17.5 tons of coal. It was hand-fired until a stoker was installed in 1939. It has 63-inch driving wheels and operated under 170 psi of steam pressure. It has its original wooden cab. Used in mainline freight service, it made its last run on Jan. 18, 1955 after traveling 1,496,191 miles. It was named Old Smokey by the school children, who raised money to defray the cost of installation.
 
Location. 45° 27.921′ N, 91° 6.367′ W. Marker is in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, in Rusk County. Marker is on Lake Avenue West (U.S. 8) near West 5th Street North, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 415 Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith WI 54848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweet 'Soo' (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rusk County World War I Memorial
Old Smoky and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 17, 2011
2. Old Smoky and Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Apollonia (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Ladysmith lore: Railroads. "[Steam locomotive 1011] was the first of 23 Class L-2 Mikados of that design used in heavy freight service on all divisions of the Soo Line. The railroad reportedly was the first in this country to accept the Mikados, so named because they were first built for Japan." (Submitted on October 16, 2011.) 

2. 2-8-2 "Mikado" Type Locomotives. (Submitted on October 16, 2011.)
3. Soo Line 1011. 1971 photo. (Submitted on October 16, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Old Smoky image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 17, 2011
3. Old Smoky
Old Smoky image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 17, 2011
4. Old Smoky
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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