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Inivitation to Program on Steam Locomotive Preservation

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    The Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society invites you to join us this Saturday at the Leeds (AL) Depot for a professional video
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2009
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      The Mid-South Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
      invites you to join us this Saturday at the Leeds (AL) Depot for a
      professional video presentation on the move of Frisco steam locomotive
      #4018 from the Fairgrounds to Sloss Furnace.

      Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden will introduce the program, Mayor Oden
      was instrumental in raising funds for the move and saving #4018, which
      otherwise would likely have been scrapped on site. The project was a
      remarkable feat of logistics requiring a great deal of teamwork and
      coordination.

      For those not familiar with Frisco #4018, the USRA 2-8-2 Light
      Mikado-type of the "War Baby" class was ordered during World War
      I by the United States Railroad Administration (USRA) and built in
      October 1919 by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio. No. 4018 was
      purchased by the St. Louis—San Francisco Railway ("Frisco")
      in 1923, and the "Mike" spent most of its career hauling freight
      through the heavily industrialized territory between East Thomas Yard
      and Bessemer.

      No. 4018's last run took place on February 29, 1952 when the
      locomotive was moved to the Fairgrounds over the adjacent Atlantic Coast
      Line Railroad (ACL). Over the next 57 years, Frisco employees and groups
      of local rail enthusiasts attempted to maintain No. 4018's cosmetic
      appearance, but exposure to the elements and lack of security
      accelerated the locomotive's deterioration.

      In 2008, as the City of Birmingham planned redevelopment of the
      fairgrounds area, funds were raised to move the locomotive to a more
      secure location. Through the hard work of Mayor Oden and others, the
      move to Sloss Furnace took place during the period of February 19 -21,
      2009.

      Please join us on Saturday, November 14 at 2pm as Mayor Oden chronicles
      the successful effort to relocate and preserve this important part of
      our local railroad history. For more information, contact Marvin Clemons
      at 205-836-3457.

      Marvin Clemons
      Mid-South Chapter, R&LHS
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