Contemporary Steam Locomotives

One more view of the 1003 at Milton, WI in September 2000. Here, the 1003 has completed service, the passengers have browsed the local festival, and they are headed back to Milwaukee. While it may seem odd to have a Mikado leading a passenger train (they were traditionally a freight engine), almost all restored steamers today lead passenger trains, regardless of their previous life's assignments. The exceptions seem to be the Union Pacific 844 and 3985, which sometimes haul freight while heading to excursion points. (Recall that UP 844 was technically never retired...). I decided to use black and white for this picture to lend more of a vintage feel to the shot, since obviously I never saw Soo steam in the glory days (I was born in 1979).