Built by the American Locomotive Company for the Wisconsin Central position of the SOO Line Railroad in 1923, the #2719 pulled passenger trains between Chicago, Minneapolis and Duluth. On May 15, 1960 the engine was donated to the City of Eau Claire for display in Carson Park. The engine was cared for by the volunteers of the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association, who operate the nearby narrow gauge railroad.
In the early 1990's the non-profit Locomotive & Tower Preservation Fund (L&TPF) was established and collected funds for the restoration of the engine to operating condition.
The L&TPF achieved their goal of running the engine on November 22, 1997. Over the ensuing years and several successful mainline excursions, the opportunity to run these types of trips evaporated like the water in the old
Now in the collection of the railroad Museum in Duluth's Historic Union Depot, the #2719 is stored under cover, protected from the elements and in running order. It is on display to the public on a daily basis with signage denoting its history and the very fortunate link to Eau Claire, which resulted in the engine being preserved for future generations to appreciate.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 44° 48.393′ N, 91° 31.26′ W. Marker is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in Eau Claire County. Marker can be reached from Carson Park Drive. Located in Carson Park, across from the stadium, on the grounds of the Chippewa Valley Railroad. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eau Claire WI 54703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carson Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry Aaron / Eau Claire Baseball (about 300 feet away); Carson Park Baseball Stadium (about 400 feet away); Industry on Half Moon Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Ice Industry on Half Moon Lake
More about this marker. Marker is located where Soo Line #2719 used to be on static display.
Regarding 2719. Marker describes the unusual journey of Soo Line locomotive #2719 since its retirement.
Additional keywords. Steam Locomotive
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2018, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.