Five of the Indiana Transportation Museum's diesel locomotives are currently operational; former Milwaukee Road FP7 #110C (painted as Monon #83A), former Union Pacific GP9 #200, Monon SW1 #DS-50, Nickel Plate 45-tonner #91, and finally Nickel Plate GP7 #426. However, the future pride and joy of ITM will be former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 Mikado #587 built in 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. The steam locomotive's operation on the ITM is quite befitting considering it regularly operated the Nickel Plate's main line between Indianapolis and Michigan City. The museum spent five years in the late 1980s slowly bringing back the old workhorse to life, which ultimately cost the ITM more than a quarter-million dollars.
Preserved Locomotives At The Indiana Transportation Museum
Indianapolis Power & Light "Fireless" 0-4-0F #1 (Built by the H.K. Porter Company in 1950.)
New York, Chicago & St. Louis (Nickel Plate) Class H-6o 2-8-2 #587 (Under restoration. Originally built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as Lake Erie & Western #5541 in 1918.)
Milwaukee Road F7A #72-A (Built by Electro-Motive in 1950.)
Milwaukee Road F7B #68B (Built by Electro-Motive in 1950.)
Milwaukee Road SW1 #867 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1940 as Milwaukee Road #1613.)
Monon SW1 #50 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1942.)
Monon FP7 #96 (Built by Electro-Motive in 1951 as Milwaukee Road #96-C.)
Nickel Plate Road VO-1000 #99 (Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1945 as U.S. Navy #9.)
Nickel Plate Road 44-Ton #91 (Built by General Electric in 1950 as Boyne City Railroad #70.)
Nickel Plate Road F7A #83-A (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1950 as Milwaukee Road #83-A.)
Nickel Plate Road GP7 #426 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1953.)
Union Pacific GP9 #200 (Operational. Built by Electro-Motive in 1954.)
The 2-8-2 spent many years hauling passengers until it needed to go under repairs for major overhaul work, which is currently underway. Most of the museum's collection is centered around diesel locomotives and their only steam locomotive is Nickel Plate #587 (they also own a fireless switcher). However, their other pieces also include a few electrics as well as interurban equipment such as Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway #55, North Shore Line #172, and South Shore Line #205. Finally, the group's rolling stock fleet numbers several coaches, many built by Pullman, and boxcars. In addition the ITM has two operational maintenance-of-way cranes (15-ton unit and 25-ton unit) and other auxiliary equipment.
Along with the ITM's static displays its available train rides are many. If you are interested in a short trip (most of which are specials held a different times of the year) there is the Earthfest Caboose Train, Father's Day Train, Forest Park Caboose Train, First Friday Caboose Train, Great Towns Train, Porkfest Caboose Train, and the Street Dance Caboose Train. However, the museum also operates numerous seasonal specials and festival trains such as the Dinner in the Diner, Pizza PLUS Express, Polar Bear Express, and the Polar Bear Express. Along with the Indiana Transportation Museum’s fine collection of railroad equipment they also offer a number of different events throughout the year and even have a school programs to teach kids about not only the local area’s railroading but also railroading in general. For more information about the Indiana Transportation Museum please visit their website.
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