When the No. 21 Baldwin locomotive was purchased in 1991 and relocated to Astoria, John Niemann said the goal of the Astoria Railroad Preservation Association was to fix it up and get it back on the tracks. Niemann and a group of volunteers are closer to achieving that goal now that the locomotive has wheels again. And while the project is still a ways away from chugging along local railroad tracks, having a solid set of wheels underneath the massive machine is a step in the right direction.
Photo gallery: A glimmer of light in the tunnel for locomotive in Astoria
Restoration is a step closer