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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Appeal to Save #219


 The Ontario Northland Railway has put steam locomotive #219 up for sale and the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum in Capreol has launched an appeal to try and save the locomotive.  If this appeal fails, it is likely that #219 will be sold as scrap metal.

The appeal is for pledges so that an offer can be submitted to the ONR for the purchase of #219.  Please help this cause if you can and help save northern Ontario's railway history.  More information is available by contacting the museum at: info@normhc.ca or by calling (705) 858-5050.

Before languishing in Cochrane's freight yard, rusting into the ground, #219 was owned by the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway (the predecessor of the ONR), Normetal Mines and ACMIES Ltd.  The locomotive was built in 1907 by the Montreal Locomotive Works.  This wonderful piece of engineering deserves better than to be melted down.  Please act.

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