Old Poway steam locomotive returns to service

By Steve Dreyer

The historic steam locomotive that runs around Old Poway Park was placed back into service Saturday morning.

The Poway-Midland Railroad's Baldwin locomotive.

The engine has been out of service for regular maintenance since early December

After Saturday, the train will resume its regular schedule of the first and third weekends of each month. Tickets are $2.50 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Last railroad volunteers expressed concerns that the engine’s boiler might be in need of a serious overhaul or replacement. The city commissioned a boiler expert to look it at. He concluded that the boiler was in “great” shape.

The engine is owned by the city but operated by the all-volunteer railroad. The city bought the train, along with the balance of the estate of John S. Porter, in 1987. Porter had built a small station, house and shed on what is now part of Old Poway Park.

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3 Comments for “Old Poway steam locomotive returns to service”

  1. Joe St. Lucas

    Glad they had more than one opinion about the quality of the boiler and didn't waste tons of money rebuilding it when they didn't have to. Blow the whistle once for me, Chuck!

  2. Marion Greenwood

    Wish we could have ridden it on our visit to Poway last October.
    Marion & William Greenwood
    Cornwall, England

  3. Amy Roost

    Such a local treasure!! Glad the citizens and volunteers preserved it :)

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