The 1950 Plymouth, a 35-ton model MDT, was known as “Sweet Toot.” Since 1992, it switched the Domino Sugar refinery near the Inner Harbor almost daily. A newer locomotive with more power, better fuel economy and lower emissions has replaced it, according to American Sugar Refining, Domino’s owner.
The Domino refinery produces both granulated and liquid sugar, loading about 1,100 cars annually, according to a news report. Larger and heavier railcars required a more robust unit than “Sweet Toot.”
CSX moved the little Plymouth, which is operational, to the museum last week. It will be used as the switcher for the museum’s restoration shop. Museum executive director Kris Hoellen tells reporters the engine is “an authentic piece of Baltimore railroad history” that the museum also can put to use.
“Sweet Toot” is not the first item donated to the museum by Domino. Several years ago, the company donated a pair of covered hoppers to the museum.
Yesterday, CSX helped deliver a sweet treat! @dominosugar donated their 1950 Plymouth switcher locomotive, Sweet Toot, to the @BORRM. We’re proud to have helped transport this iconic engine to her new home where she’ll be enjoyed by visitors for years to come. pic.twitter.com/938TNO5IlS
— CSX (@CSX) October 23, 2019