Greetings from Owosso, MI!

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Greetings from Train Festival 2009 in Owosso, Michigan!

I thought I would write a quick post to explain the banner photo.  I usually only try to do Fort Wayne images, but this was so beautiful, I couldn’t resist.

It’s been a long day, but productive.  I cam up without any hopes of capturing any decent photos due to the anticipated crowds.  They sold 30,000 tickets in advance of this weekend and you know there were probably at least a third more, like myself, that showed up needing to buy one.

The above locomotive, is a completely new locomotive – the Leviathan. It is a 2-2-0 and was completed on June 20, 2009. I can tell you, when the sun is bright, she really sparkles in the sun!

A few specs for those of you so inclined:

  • Builder: Kloke Construction
  • Cylinders: 16″ x 24″
  • Driving Wheels: 60″
  • Boiler: 50″ outside diameter
  • Boiler Pressure: 160 lbs.
  • Flues: 156, 2″ diameter
  • Engine and Tender length: 45′
  • Engine and Tender weight: 88,000 pounds
  • Tender Tank capacity: 2,000 gallons

When I was there today, the crew were understandably busy.  I am going to try to have an interview for you tomorrow.  This is a beautiful – under steam – locomotive!

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