Boiler workers refurbishing locomotive
The locomotive moved to the Canfield Fairgrounds in 1985.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- A Youngstown company is working to restore a steam locomotive at the Canfield Fairgrounds to its original luster.
Employees of Eagle Boiler Service started work on the locomotive last month and Hank Marsilio, company manager, expects the project to be complete within two weeks if the weather holds.
"The Western Reserve Village would like to see it run again some day," Marsilio said.
However, the $500,000 to $750,000 price prohibits that project right now.
"What we're doing now is just cosmetic work," Marsilio said. "But it's geared to it running again some day."
Funds for the work were raised from private donations.
Road salt from the plows along state Route 46 has damaged the vehicle causing rust.
The four-man Eagle team of Dan Griffin of Vienna, Gerald Butler of Wellsville, Marty Jourdan of Canfield and Mark Sullivan of New Middletown, all members of Plumbers & amp; Pipefitters Local 396 of Boardman, work between other jobs, removing the rust and restoring the finish to the train.
"We're working between the rain drops," said Griffin. The locomotive, built in 1916, was retired from Youngstown Sheet & amp; Tube in 1962. It was saved by the Youngstown Model Railroad Association and moved to the fairgrounds in 1985, according to a plaque posted at the site.
It's a feature of Western Reserve Village on the south end of the fairgrounds, an area designed to depict early life in Mahoning County. Other village offerings include a log cabin, country store, one-room schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop.
Marsilio said that besides being expensive, restoring the locomotive to running condition would likely take a four-person crew 11/2 to two years. The coal tender is rusted, some parts have been removed by souvenir seekers and the running gear would need to be replaced.
He'd like to see the track upon which the machine sets extended and a pole barn erected so the locomotive could be moved into shelter during winter months.
Eagle Boiler Service has done boiler work for several public and private entities in the Mahoning Valley as well as worked on steam boilers for railroads and companies in other parts of the country.