In late April and into early May of 1969 the High Iron Company along with the famous Ross Rowland Jr. took guests on a two week tour of America's railroads as part of the 100th anniversary of the laying of the Golden Spike. Motive power for the train varied from the brand new EMD DDA40X Centennials to the venerable P-2b electric box cabs. However none were as ironic than ex-Nickel Plate Road S-2 Berkshire No. 759. Painted in a beautiful blue and gold livery, this was the main motive power for much of the route east of the Mississippi River.
To complete this journey the High Iron Company needed plenty of water to keep the train going. However, by the 1950s, water towers had become a thing of the past. In order to travel the long distances required for the journey Ross Rowland looked toward the last holdout of steam railroading in the United States, the Norfolk and Western.
The N&W would help by providing one of their old auxiliary water tenders that were once seen behind locomotives such as the 2-6-6-4 Class As and the 2-8-8-2 Y6s. The auxiliary tender served as an integral part of many of 759's excursions well after the Golden Spike Centennial Limited had concluded.
Today the auxiliary tender is on display at the Steamtown Railroad Museum alongside Nickel Plate Road No. 759. Ross Rowland Jr. would later go on to restore No. 759's sister Nickel Plate Road No. 765 and would later retire from steam preservation in 2019. 2019 would also see more Golden Spike celebrations across the U.S. just as we had seen 50 years earlier.
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To use these reskins you must download the freeware Southern Pacific auxiliary tenders from Digital Railroading. Get it by clicking here.