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On Saturday, November 25, 1961, 56 years ago...
1401 Moves to Its Permenant Home at the Smithsonian Two 250-ton-capacity railway steam cranes of the Southern lifted 1401 from a rail spur located about two miles from downtown, where 1401 had been moved. The two cranes set the engine (sans tender) on a special, 200-ton-capacity, multi-tire trailer. Late on the night of Nov 25/early on the morning of Nov 26, 1961, the engine and its tender were moved (part of the way on Constitution Ave.) to their new home in Washington. Another eleven days were required to place the engine and tender in the museum. The east end of the new museum was completed around the installed 1401. In January 1964, the museum opened to the public.
   
On Tuesday, November 25, 1913, 104 years ago...
W. W. Finley, former Southern President dies  
   

 

 

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