Steam Locomotive


Past Runs and Appearances

The SOO LINE 1003 has made a large number of appearances since its restoration, traveling extensively to bring this fine example of steam power to people in the Midwest. Many have experienced in sight and sound this very significant part of railroad history. 1003 has been in Chippewa Falls, Osceola, Rhinelander, and Green Bay, Wisconsin and also in Gladstone, Michigan. Trips have included excursion runs from Green Bay, Waukesha, Wisconsin and Fox Lake, Illinois. The locomotive also appeared at the Burlington, Wisconsin Chocolate Festival and with the Circus Train in Milwaukee. During July 2005, 1003 visited Janesville and Madison, Wisconsin to join with the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad in observing the centennial of its Janesville ROUNDHOUSE and also in observing its first twenty five years AS A CORPORATE ENTITY. In between those appearances 1003 visited Edgerton, Wisconsin to help it celebrate the town's Tobacco Heritage Days.

In November of 2004, 1003 performed for a photographers' special with a weekend of steam freight runs by subscription. Similar trips were successfully repeated in April 2005, Nov. 2005, Nov. 2007, Sept. 2008 and Oct. 2008. Recent photo freights were an exciting return to steam train operation after passenger excursions ended. Many communities particpated in supporting and being a part of these operations.

Lineside stops by 1003's first Santa Train in 2006 allowed children and Santa Fans to visit with Santa in his restored Milwaukee Road Caboose. These community appearances have continued and are this train visits various cities, towns and villages.

When it is not running, Soo Line 1003 may be seen at the Wisconsin Auto Museum in Hartford, Wisconsin

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Circus Train 2002

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Whitewater Celebrated their 100th Homecoming Event in July, 2006

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Santa Train 2006

Plymouth, WI Santa Train 2007


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  Trip from Fox Lake, IL - National Railway Historical Society, 2001


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