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 No. 16 (Henschel)

The 16

Here is a great video from Bobby Harvey of No. 16 shot at the 2008 Old Threshers' Reunion.

No. 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 No. 16's early days as a switcher in Germany. (Photo courtesy Mr. Wolf Dietrich Groote.) 

Sixteen on duty at a German ore mine

No. 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.

No. 16 had been part of the active locomotive roster since its restoration in 1982, however, in summer 2011 No. 16 was sidelined pending a thorough boiler inspection.With several other major projects taking priority, No. 16's inspection and necessary repairs will not commence for a few years.

The 16 ; The 16

The 16

For the Henschel fans out there, here are some photos of No. 16 during various Old Threshers' Reunions and Ghost Train events. Each picture in the following grid links to a larger version of the picture.




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