No. 16 Henschel
Here is a great video from Bobby Harvey of No. 16 shot at the 2008 Old Threshers' Reunion.
Engine #16 was built by Henschel & Sons of Kassel, W. Germany in 1951. It is a very modern locomotive that combines such things as piston valves, welded construction, and a copper firebox. This 18-ton coal burner is a 0-4-0 side tank engine.
This picture is from #16's early days as a switcher in Germany. (Photo courtesy Mr. Wolf Dietrich Groote.)
Number 16 was shipped to Detroit in
1963 for use on an amusement park that never opened and
the locomotive sat for 20 years until it was brought to Mt. Pleasant in
1982. The locomotive was restored in just 11 weeks and operated for the
1982 Old Threshers Reunion.
The 16 had been part of the active
since its restoration in 1982, however, in summer 2011 the 16 was
sidelined pending a thorough boiler inspection.With several other major
projects taking priority, the 16's inspection and necessary repairs
will not commence for a few years.
For the Henschel fans
here are some photos of the 16 during various Old Threshers' Reunions
and Ghost Train events. Each picture in the following grid links to a
larger version of the picture.
Midwest Central Railroad Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 319−385−2912 (updated 06Feb17)