Steamtown Superintendent Deborah Conway tells Trains News Wire that Canadian National 2-8-2 No. 3377 is a “likely candidate” for restoration once the B&M Pacific is complete. The locomotive was built by the Canadian Locomotive Co. in 1919 and is nearly identical to Steamtown’s other CN 2-8-2 No. 3254, which was taken out-of-service in 2012.
While No. 3254 was one of the stars at Steamtown throughout the 1990s and 2000s, No. 3377 has languished in obscurity, sitting in the Scranton yard without its leading or trailing trucks (essentially making it an 0-8-0). However, park officials believe No. 3377 might be in better shape than No. 3254.
“A condition assessment is needed to fully determine a course of action but overall staff feel that No. 3254 is pretty worn out,” says Conway, who is leaving the park soon for another position in the Park Service.
Officials are quick to note however that Steamtown’s primary focus is on getting No. 3713 running. Last month, Steamtown awarded the contract to build the locomotive’s firebox to the Strasburg Rail Road.