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Soo Line 2719 History

The Soo Line 2719 was built in 1923 and operated until the mid 1950's until it was put into storage.

In 1959, 2719 came out of retirement and hauled the last steam trains on the Soo Line tracks.

Then, 2719 was given to the City of Eau Claire and was displayed in Carson Park until 1996.

In September 1998, 2719 began its excursion career. In June 2000, 2719 was moved to the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in Spooner. It operated during the summers in Spooner until the purchase of the Wisconsin Central by Canadian National Railway in 2001.

It returned to the roundhouse in Altoona, Wisconsin, for the winter.

On December 17, 2006, 2719 was moved to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

Community Forum

On September 5th, we held a community forum to discuss the history of Soo Line 2719, short term plans regarding moving and storing of the locomotive, potential shelter sites and looked at a rendering. Our goal was to get input from the community on how we should move this project forward. You can view the community forum presentation here and meeting notes here.  

We Need Your Help

If you would like to bring the Soo Line 2719 home to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, please click here to donate.

If you would like to join the Friends of 2719, please sign up here