|Special Issue of Mid-Continent Railway Gazette on C&NW #1385 Now Available
Selected Readings from Mid-Continent's Library Explore the C&NW 1385's Far-Reaching Contributions to Promoting and Preserving Rail History
It is no secret the recent announcement of a generous $250,000 challenge grant by the Wagner Foundation to boost the restoration of Mid-Continent's beloved Chicago & North Western No. 1385 steam locomotive has generated a great deal of excitement here at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. The 1385 is favorite among museum members, the larger railfan community and museum patrons alike.
The impact of the 1385 to not just the Mid-Continent Railway Museum but also rail preservation and advancement throughout the Midwest has been enormous. As the lone operable surviving steam locomotive from the Chicago & North Western Railway, it became an ambassador of railroad history during several years traveling the C&NW system visiting cities and towns throughout the Midwest pulling the Prosperity Special, a goodwill train. Many people fondly remember the 1385 pulling the Circus Train from Circus World Museum in Baraboo to Milwaukee. It also made special guest appearances at many city festivals and special events and has even appeared in commercials and films.
Of course, every moment in the spotlight was only made possible by the hard work and dedication of many individuals to keep the 1385 up and running. Most steam locomotives were tired and worn upon retirement from the railroads and the 1385 was no different. From day one at Mid-Continent, it has been an uphill battle to keep steam locomotives operable and viewable to the public. This fact is emphasized by the 1385's absence from operating over the past decade. Now, thanks in part to the Wagner Foundation matching grant, the mountain that needed to be climbed to make bring the 1385 operable again has now become merely a hill.
This special issue of the Mid-Continent Railway Gazette revisits articles from the Gazette's 44 years in print, highlighting the struggles the 1385 has faced and the successes that have been achieved under the steam of this historical treasure. Many of the issues in which the articles first appeared are no longer available from Mid-Continent's back-issue library and can only be found in Mid-Continent's library... until now.
Current Mid-Continent Railway Museum members will receive this issue free as part of their membership benefits. If you are not a member or wish to purchase additional copies of this special issue for family or friends, look no further than Mid-Continent's webstore or call the museum offices at 800-930-1385.
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32 Pages, Full color
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