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Date: 03/02/11 07:58
Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: CPengineer

This brochure is from one of the least-known tourist railroads in the United States.

The short-lived Deadwood Central ran over a short length of the CB&Q "High Line" from Deadwood to the site of the old power plant at Kirk. The little tank engine began life as Kelley Island Lime & Transport No. 13. It worked for the Cadillac & Lake City in the 1960s, then went to the Reese Central in Michigan, and then wound up at Gale Bellamy's Lonesome Pine Scenic Railroad at Hiltons, Virginia where a tender was added and it was used with a pair of home-built coaches. The Deadwood Central brought it to Deadwood in 1988 with the two coaches, but the line didn't last very long. We were planning a vacation to the Black Hills in 1991, and I wrote the railroad the year before asking for a brochure. This is what they sent. The other side has a hand-written note stating that they were running four times a day; it's dated June 26, 1990. I don't think they reopened for the '91 season, and when I finally got to South Dakota in 1992 the engine and cars were gone, sold and moved to Prairie Village near Madison, South Dakota. It ran there for several years (the tender was discarded) but is no longer serviceable; the second photo was taken at Prairie Village in 1999. The CB&Q engine house used by the Deadwood Central is now owned by the city of Deadwood and has been restored.

Anyone photograph or video this operation?

Jeff Terry



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Date: 03/02/11 08:07
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: whistlepig

I remember seeing the coaches parked there in 1988, and what struck me was the small wheels. Does anyone know where those coaches were from and where they may have gone?



Date: 03/02/11 08:09
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: CPengineer

The coaches are with the locomotive at Prairie Village. I believe they were built by Gale Bellamy for the Lonesome Pine Scenic.



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Date: 03/02/11 08:24
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: LoggerHogger

Jeff,

This is one I have never heard of. Was that "tender" behind the engine in the brouchure simply a fake, or did it carry any fuel/water?

Martin



Date: 03/02/11 08:34
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: CPengineer

I never did find the tender at Prairie Village. There is a photo of the train in the book "Railroading in the Land of Infinite Variety (written by Rick Mills) and it looks like the tender is just for show, or at least it was by that time, as there are no water connections visible.



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Date: 03/02/11 08:38
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: johnacraft

LoggerHogger Wrote:
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> This is one I have never heard of. Was that
> "tender" behind the engine in the brouchure simply
> a fake, or did it carry any fuel/water?

It is (was?) real.

Jeff, one minor correction - it's KellEy ISLAND Lime & Transport:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelley_Island_Lime_%26_Transport_Company

Built as an 0-4-0T by ALCo - Cooke Works, 1924, Bellamy converted it to a 2-4-0T with tender.

It also has the distinction of being the first steam locomotive purchased by Jerry Jacobson (he owned it a short time in 1978 prior to selling it to Gale Bellamy).

JAC



Date: 03/02/11 08:57
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: CPengineer

Fixed the Kelley Island spelling, John. Thanks. I wonder when the pony truck was added (and then removed)? Ron Flanary has some photos up over on Railpictures of the engine on the Lonesome Pine Scenic circa 1980, and it's still pretty normal-looking then (no goofy stack) and still an 0-4-0T. How long did the Lonesome Pine Scenic last?



Date: 03/02/11 09:54
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: johnacraft

CPengineer Wrote:
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> Ron Flanary has some photos up over on
> Railpictures of the engine on the Lonesome Pine
> Scenic circa 1980, and it's still pretty
> normal-looking then (no goofy stack) and still an
> 0-4-0T. How long did the Lonesome Pine Scenic last?

My recollection (from what Ron told me a long time ago) is that the "Lonesome Pine Scenic" operated one season (1979) between Bristol and Moccasin Gap. Instead of using it in 1980, Bellamy got hold of CB&Q 4960 and operated in 1980 and 1981 as the "Bristol & Northwestern," based at Benhams siding outside Bristol.

My understanding was that Bellamy added the pony truck and tender over the 1979-1980 winter, but it may have been later. As far as I know, Bellamy owned the engine until it went to the Deadwood Central in 1988, so it could have been done any time in there.

If I remember correctly, Bellamy was in the coal business, and a rather large Southern / N&W customer at the time. No. 11 was stored on his property in Bristol.

JAC



Date: 03/02/11 13:27
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: TonyJ

When I saw it at Deadwood in 1991, the passenger car was an old school bus. Looked very strange.

Tony J.



Date: 03/05/11 21:49
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: kbush110

Thanks for posting Jeff.



Date: 03/08/11 11:40
Re: Deadwood Central tourist line, South Dakota
Author: 4-12-2

KBush110 may not recall, but he actually saw this engine at the side near Madison, SD when visiting there with family in the mid-1990's. I have some photos.....somewhere. On that day they were operating their USRA 0-6-0, ex of Virginia Blue Ridge if memory serves.

John Bush
Omaha



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