Steamed in Alamosa
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad steaming in Alamosa, Colorado.
The LS&I-18 is a fully-restored, 2-8-0 Consolidation steam locomotive built by the American Locomotive Company at its Pittsburgh works in 1910. The LS&I, or Lake Superior and Ishpeming, was a northern Michigan railroad that primarily hauled iron ore, and when they were built, the C-5 Consolidations were the most powerful locomotives on the roster.
After the LS&I converted to diesel in the 1950’s, the 18 was stored. Later, itt was sold to the Marquette and Huron Mountain tourist line, then to the Grand Canyon Railroad. In early 2007 it was sold to Fleming Locomotive Works and operated in Oregon on the Mount Hood Railroad. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad acquired the 18 in late 2007.