Preservationists Jason Sobczynski and Nick Hovey are working round-the-clock to raise $50,000 to save a rare Ten-Wheeler from the scrapper’s torch in Port Arthur, Texas. On display in a city park, the locomotive was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The city recently paid a contractor $24,000 for asbestos abatement on the 1913 Baldwin, and now have scrappers on site ready to dismantle the locomotive.
Little has been said about the city’s plans for the historic engine, which was donated by Kansas City Southern for display in 1957. Scrappers have only been delayed by rainy weather, and have agreed to give preservationists a chance to raise funds to purchase the locomotive and move it to a new home. Due to its size and age, the 4-6-0 steam engine will need to be trucked out. Few examples like No. 503 remain, and Sobczynski and Hovey have secured a temporary storage agreement with the Texas State Railroad in Rusk. As of Saturday afternoon, the GoFundMe campaign had reached nearly $9,000 of the $50,000 goal.
—Railfan & Railroad