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Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218

 
 
Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218 marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 27, 2017
1. Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218 marker
Inscription.  This steam locomotive was one of 12, received from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1910, used by the Duluth, and Iron Range Railway (as number 218) and later by the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway (as number 1218) to haul righ iron ore from the Soudan Mine to Lake Superior ports. This engine could haul 48 loaded 50 ton cars or 2700 tons. It was donated by the DM&IR to the city of Tower in 1962 for display and historical purposes.

Locomotive 1218:type 2-8-0, standard gauge, 56 cylinders 22"x28", total engine weight 198,850 lbs. Weight on driver 175,050 lbs, boiler pressure 200 psi, driver diameter 54", tractive effort 45,553 lbs.. Construction # 34745, Super Heater type A 25 Units, Dome Throttle, Fuel: soft coal, MB type standard stoker, engine loc on locomotive, #8 fire box door. 2 each #10 Nathan Simplex Injectors with side checks. 25-5 1/2 flues 166 2" tubes. DV-3 mechanized lubricator, 4 each. Wilson blowdown valves two feeding blowdown separator on top of boiler, 6 E.T. airbrake equip. with Westinghouse 150 cc air compressor. Barco low water alarm, Walschvert Valvegear, Elco power reverse, Okadee, air operated cylinder cocks,

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2 gallon Superior soot blowers, Nathan 3 feed hydrostatic lubricator for stoker and air pump, 2 water glasses and one water column with dry cocks.

In time this locomotive was replaced by heavier and more powerful locomotives. In 2002 the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway was said to be the largest iron ore handling railroad in North America, with 212 miles of track. It's mission was to move ore from Minnesota's Mesabi Range taconite plants to DM&IR dock facilities at Duluth and Two Harbors, or to connecting railroads at Superior, Wisconsin.
 
Erected by Tower-Soudan Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 47° 48.274′ N, 92° 16.757′ W. Marker is in Tower, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker is at the intersection of Poirier Road on Poirier Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 404 Pine St, Tower MN 55790, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tower Train Museum (a few steps from this marker); Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fire Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Soudan Mine (approx. 2 miles away); The Old Vermilion Trail and Winston City

Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218 marker environs image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 27, 2017
2. Welcome to DM&IR Engine # 1218 marker environs
(approx. 3.9 miles away); Hanka Homestead (approx. 8.7 miles away); Apostolic Lutheran Church (approx. 10.4 miles away); Nelimark Sauna (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tower.
 
More about this marker. Mounted on steps leading to engine cab
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2017, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on August 18, 2017, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 14, 2017, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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