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Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Yellowstone Mallet #229

Freshly Restored Mallet #229. November 2011 – Mel Sando and Todd Lindahl

On October 22,1969, the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company donated to the Lake County Historical Society the Baldwin Locomotive and Tender, Class M4 Mallet #229.

Mallet locomotive #229, also known as a Yellowstone, was one of the largest locomotives made. Built in 1943, it went directly to helping transport materials during the war. When peace came, the Mallet was diverted to cross-country ore hauling between the Iron Range, Two Harbors and Duluth/Proctor. The Mallet is considered an example of a slow-drag freight articulated locomotive because, although slow, the Mallet was powerful and able to haul mile-long trains of iron ore. The Mallet located in Two Harbors is one of only three Yellowstones to be preserved.

The last Yellowstone to make a regular ore run was # 222 on July 5, 1960 on the Missabe Division. It was sent to Two Harbors and put on display for a very short time before being swapped for # 221. This engine deteriorated in the weather and was replaced in 1967 by #229, which had been stored in the Proctor roundhouse up until then. The 3 Spot and Mallet 229 represent the first and the last in the evolution of the steam locomotive on the Minnesota Iron Range.

Accessibility Notes

Drop curb sidewalk, paved viewing area

Pet Friendly Notes

Please no.


On perpetual display outside

Seasons Open




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