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Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523

 
 
Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 Marker
Inscription.
This mountain type locomotive survivor of the steam engines acquired by the Great Northern Railway to speed up main-line passenger service was placed on permanent exhibition here on October 17, 1965.

A powerful and speedy locomotive of the P-2 class, this engine now looks every bit the aristocrat that it was during the years of its pre-eminent association with the Oriental Limited. The Empire Builder was inaugurated in June, 1929, and popularity of the train led to addition of cars to the consist and this necessitated more powerful engines the renowned S-2 locomotive.

Engine No. 2523 is the last of 28 locomotives built for Great Northern by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. After these engines were replaced by the more powerful S-2 in Empire Builder service they pulled the fast mail and the famed silk trains. The P-2 engines later were used in freight service and were retired in 1955.

Locomotive and tender are 94 feet 8 inches long, weighs 617,000 pounds and height from rail to the top of stack is 15 feet 10 inches. No. 2523 was an oil burner and developed 57,580 pounds of tractive effort. Each of the eight drive wheels is 73 inches high.

The track on which No. 2523 stands is laid to Great Northern main line specifications. The creosoted ties are supported
Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 and Marker
on a sub-ballast consisting of 6 inches of rock chips and a ballast of 6 inches of crushed granite which is quarried by the Great Northern in Granite Falls, MN.
 
Location. 45° 7.627′ N, 95° 2.169′ W. Marker is in Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Business U.S. 71 and Puerto Rico Street Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is south of Highway 71 Service Drive at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 Northeast Highway 71, Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. half a mile away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Kandiyohi County Indian History (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Kandiyohi" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Haugen Homestead (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willmar.
 
Also see . . .
1. Great Northern Railway Engine #2523. (Submitted on August 19, 2014.)
2. Great Northern 4-8-2 "Mountain" Type Locomotives. (Submitted on August 19, 2014.)
3. Pictures of GN 2523
Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523
Kandiyohi County Museum
. (Submitted on August 19, 2014.)
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Nearby Bell image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
4. Nearby Bell
Willmar Fire Bell Purchased in 1895
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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