May 12, 2014

Moving 3206 to a better place.

After losing the Great Northern and Union Stations in Spokane in 1972 we had a victory of sorts in 1978 by getting ownership of the only steam engine within hundreds of miles of this city.  Here the Inland Empire Railway Historical Society is moving the engine portion under the ex-Northern Pacific right-of-way ( BN painted out the monad ) which is now the only tracks through Spokane is on this overhead. I recognize Charlie Mutchler and Gene Hawk on the smoke box to keep overhead wires from catching on the stack. Don Beatty has the red jacket on but I don't know who the rest are. That kid up front could have been a fatality that day if he fell off the bumper on the truck. Yikes!  It was going about 3 miles an hour.

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