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Thank you for stopping by! This is the blog for the Russell P. Panecki Collection of vintage railroad-related postcards. The entire collection consists of nearly one thousand so far with images dating from circa 1904 to the 1950s. To leave a comment, ask a question, to contribute or correct historical information, a comment box is located to the left for your convenience.

Beginning in October, 2015, the blog was redesigned to include an index of individual postcards, both listed in alphabetical order and by categories. Each page, including this homepage, has the index located in the lower portion of the page. In addition to the index, posts were updated with historical information, new postcards added with more to come every month from storage files, while some posts were completely rewritten or edited for corrections. Three articles have been added and are worth reading. They include how vintage postcards were made, the history of Pennsylvania Station, and the history of Grand Central Terminal.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway Class M 2-8-8-2

The Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway Company was incorporated in 1891 to haul high-grade, soft hematite iron ore away from the Missabe Range Mountains near Mountain Iron, Minnesota. In 1893 an ore dock was built by the railroad for direct shipments to Duluth on Lake Superior. Through a merger in 1937, the railway's name was changed to the more familiar Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway. In 1916, the DM&N ordered four new Class M locomotives from the erecting shops of the famous Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a 2-8-8-2 wheel arrangement and a length of just over eighty-three feet, these heavy-duty locomotives, with the tenders, weighed almost 324 tons empty. In this period postcard of a newly-delivered Class M engine, we see yet another contender for the title of "The Largest and Most Powerful Engine in the World."  


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

According to www.steamlocomotive.com, the origal 8 class M locomotives were delivered in 1910, numbered 200-207, with 4 members of the class M-1 joining them in 1916 as the demand for ore increased.