Old Smokey

415 Lake Avenue West, Ladysmith, Wisconsin

2-8-2 Mikado locomotive, a class L-2 built by Alco in 1920


Overview Looking Southeast

The locomotive is in front of a large hardware store, facing south, parallel to the railroad tracks.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2015




"Old Smokey" seems to be a fairly common name for old steam engines, and that's true of Old Smokey in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. The 2-8-2 Mikado was built in 1920 for the Minneapolis St. Paul & Sault Saint Marie Railroad, commonly known as the Soo Line for the phonetic spelling of "Sault." Old Smokey was built by American Locomotive Company(Alco) in the Brooks Works in Dunkirk, New York. Thirteen of this L2 class were built, although the Soo Line must have liked the Mikado, because 48 were on the Soo roster. This is the last survivor of the L-2 class. Three Soo Line "Mikes" survive, besides Old Smokey, an L-1 numbered 1003 is operational and stored in Hartford, Wisconsin and L-4 1024 is on display in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2015: Added by J.R. Manning


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