Soo Line Locomotive #2719

Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, Minnesota

The last operational steam locomotive on the Soo Line, previously at Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI


Duluth to Two Harbors trip

Photo taken by Jim Allen, Aug 2009




This was one of six such locomotives, Class H-23 Pacific 4-6-2 locomotives built by American Locomotive Company (ALCO) for the Soo, numbered 2718 through 2723. #2718 is on static display at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 2718 and 2719 are the only two extant of the original six. 2720 through 2723 were all scrapped between 1950 and 1954.

#2719 was a workhorse for the Soo Line, logging over three million miles in its 35-year career, most of it pulling passenger trains. As the Soo Line dieselized, steam was slowly phased out and many of the Soo's steam locomotives were scrapped. Several were donated to cities on the Soo network including #2719 that was donated to the City of Eau Claire in 1960. It went on static display in Carson Park, where it attained National Landmark status in 1994. #2719 also had the distinction of being the last steam locomotive to operate on Soo Line tracks.

#2719 was relocated to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum that began running it again in 2007. The federal boiler license for #2719 has since expired and there is some controversy over who is going to own and maintain the locomotive. #2719 was listed on the NRHP in Eau Claire, Wisconsin's Carson Park in 1994 and is still listed there, even though it is currently located here in Duluth.

For more information about this locomotive, see the Soo Line #2719 listing in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 10, 1994
Reference number
NR name
Soo Line Locomotive 2719
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Steam Locomotive
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Period of significance

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 17, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and updated description
  • July 7, 2018: Updated by James Baughn: Changed listing to St. Louis County, Minnesota
  • December 4, 2012: Updated by Jim Allen: Corrected mistrint, Hudson to Pacific & moved coordinates to current location
  • December 4, 2012: New photos from Jim Allen
  • May 25, 2011: Updated by Dampf Eisenbahn: UPDATE: 2719 is no longer at this location. It has been restored to operational condition.

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