This steam locomotive was one of 12, received from the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1910, used by the Duluth, and Iron Range Railway (as number 218) and later by the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway (as number 1218) to haul righ iron ore from the Soudan Mine to Lake Superior ports. This engine could haul 48 loaded 50 ton cars or 2700 tons. It was donated by the DM&IR to the city of Tower in 1962 for display and historical purposes.
Locomotive 1218:type 2-8-0, standard gauge, 56 cylinders 22"x28", total engine weight 198,850 lbs. Weight on driver 175,050 lbs, boiler pressure 200 psi, driver diameter 54", tractive effort 45,553 lbs.. Construction # 34745, Super Heater type A 25 Units, Dome Throttle, Fuel: soft coal, MB type standard stoker, engine loc on locomotive, #8 fire box door. 2 each #10 Nathan Simplex Injectors with side checks. 25-5 1/2 flues 166 2" tubes. DV-3 mechanized lubricator, 4 each. Wilson blowdown valves two feeding blowdown separator on top of boiler, 6 E.T. airbrake equip. with Westinghouse 150 cc air compressor. Barco low water alarm, Walschvert Valvegear, Elco power reverse, Okadee, air operated cylinder cocks, 2 gallon Superior soot blowers, Nathan 3 feed hydrostatic lubricator for stoker and air pump, 2 water glasses and one water column with dry cocks.
In time this locomotive was replaced by heavier
and more powerful locomotives. In 2002 the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway was said to be the largest iron ore handling railroad in North America, with 212 miles of track. It's mission was to move ore from Minnesota's Mesabi Range taconite plants to DM&IR dock facilities at Duluth and Two Harbors, or to connecting railroads at Superior, Wisconsin.