The steam engine, an ex-Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Baldwin 2-8-0 was restored over several years in the 1960’s. Engine #33 sat in a Columbus Ohio railroad yard until trackage became available in Nelsonville in 1972. This is the original steam locomotive of the HVSRy. The famous Baldwin Locomotive Works built several of these big freight engines in 1916 for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad which hauled iron ore in upper Michigan.
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is a non-profit, 501c3, volunteer-operated tourist railroad attraction that operates out of Nelsonville, Athens County, Ohio. It is also located near the popular Hocking Hills State Park in nearby Hocking County. It uses former trackage of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, which was in turn originally Hocking Valley Railway trackage. The current operation was founded in 1972.
The Baldwin Locomotive Works was an American builder of railroad locomotives. It was originally located in Philadelphia, and later moved to nearby Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Although the company was very successful as the largest producer of steam locomotives, its transition to the production of diesels was far less so. Later, when the early demand for diesel locomotives to replace steam tapered off, Baldwin could not compete in the marketplace. It stopped producing locomotives in 1956 and went out of business in 1972, having produced over 70,000 locomotives, the vast majority powered by steam.
This company is not to be confused with E M Baldwin of Australia who made small locomotives for such things as sugar cane tramways.
Nelsonville, Ohio is a city in northwestern York Township, Athens County, Ohio, United States. It is sixty miles southeast of Columbus. The population was 5,392 at the 2010 census. It is the home town of Hocking College.