Duluth South Shore & Atlantic 2-8-2 "Mikado" Locomotives in the USA

Duluth,South Shore & Atlantic Railway was formed in 1886 through the merger of several smaller railroads. The mainline of the railroad extended from Duluth to Sault Ste. Marie with a branch line extending into the Keweenaw Peninsula. Control of the railroad soon passed into the hands of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and much of the traffic was directed to the CP at the Sault Ste. Marie gateway. On January 1, 1961, the DSS&A ceased to exist when it was officially merged into the newly organized Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste Marie Railroad.

By 1922, the DSS&A had purchased most of the locomotives that it would own when the steam period ended. It uses its 4-4-0, 4-6-0 and 4-6-0 locomotives for passenger service and its 2-6-0 and 2-8-0 locomotives for freight. However, there were some additions made after 1922, including two 4-6-2s numbers. 555 and 556, and two more 2-8-0s numbers 718 and 719 in 1936.

Five 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives were bought from the NYC and the B&A and assigned numbers 1050 through 1054. Numbers 1050 and 1051 were bought from the NYC in 1937, numbers 1052 and 1053 were bought from the NYC in 1941 and number 1054 was bought from the B&A in 1942.

Several MRRR engines were also transferred to the DSS&A after 1922. All of the steam locomotives stopped operating by 1953 and were all scrapped by 1954.

There are no surviving DSSA 2-8-2 "Mikado" type locomotives.


Qty.Road NumbersFrom Other RRYear AcquiredYear BuiltBuilderNotes
  1. Acquired from the NYC in 1937. Ex NYC numbers 3689 and 3834. Scrapped by 1954
  2. Acquired from the NYC in 1941. Ex NYC numbers 3867 and 3871. Scrapped by 1954
  3. Acquired from the B&A in 1942. Ex B&A number 1222. Scrapped in 1954
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