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Photo gallery: A glimmer of light in the tunnel for locomotive in Astoria

Restoration is a step closer
By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 14, 2018 4:38PM

Last changed on September 14, 2018 4:43PM

Robert Thompson works on the wheels of the No. 21 Baldwin locomotive.

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Robert Thompson works on the wheels of the No. 21 Baldwin locomotive.

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John Niemann takes a break from working on the No. 21 Baldwin.

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John Niemann takes a break from working on the No. 21 Baldwin.

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Patrick Corcoran works on the inside of the locomotive.

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Patrick Corcoran works on the inside of the locomotive.

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Robert Thompson prepares the undercarriage, which will eventually be installed under the locomotive.

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Robert Thompson prepares the undercarriage, which will eventually be installed under the locomotive.

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A photo of what the No. 21 Baldwin used to look like hangs in the shop.

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A photo of what the No. 21 Baldwin used to look like hangs in the shop.

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With the locomotive in the background, Dave Hill prepares to machine a part.

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With the locomotive in the background, Dave Hill prepares to machine a part.

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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.











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