Soo Line Decapod -- 950

When built in July 1900 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, engine 950 was the world's largest steam locomotive at a weight of 190,000 pounds with a tractive effort of 47,090 pounds. Originally numbered 600 by the Soo Line, it became the only decapod in the Soo Line roster and was put in service between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It was sent to work the ore docks in Superior, Wisconsin, in 1912 and was renumbered 950. It worked the docks until ore operations ceased there in 1929. It was then transferred to Minneapolis/St. Paul yard duties until 1942 when it came to Ashland to work the ore docks here. When steam operations were concluded in 1954, the engine was retired, and, in 1956, the 950 was donated to the City of Ashland. It was dedicated at a park located at Stuntz Avenue and US Hwy. 2 on July 4, 1957. The 950 was moved to its present location in 1987 at the time of the Soo Line Depot restoration project.

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