Norfolk Southern locomotive #9003 was built by the Moberly Correctional Center, Metal Working Class in 2003. The engine, modeled after a GE Dash 9 locomotive, is powered by a 25 hp Kohler engine using a hydralic direct drive. The engine had 2 axle trucks when built. Recently, changes to the hydralics and wheel sets included six axles, three of which are powered. Work was performed by Kinder Machine of Moberly and volunteer Don Darst.
Locomotive #505 was designed by volunteer Jerry R. Cater and sponsered by Mr. Cater and volunteer J.W. Ballinger. Designed after a Fairbanks Morse, Trainmaster, the engine uses a 16 hp Ditchwitch engine and hydralic system. The engine and transmission were donated by auctioneer, Tom Kendrick after the trencher had been in an accident (but, not harming the engine or hydralics). The sheet metal work was done by the Moberly Correctional Center students in the Metal Working class. The engine, painted in N&W “tuscan red” colors has six axles, all of which pull making this a most powerful engine.
The Wabash RR locomotive is modeled after the EMD, F-3 through F-8 style. It is painted in “Blue Bird” colors, the Wabash blue, gray and white, one of the most recognizable motifs of any railroad. The engine is powered by a Crosley car motor and transmission and has brakes. It was built by the Ottaway Company and is part of the original set purchased by the Rothwell Park Railroad. Originally painted in “Santa Fe” colors, the engine was repainted by Moberly Motor Company with lettering by Mattox Advertising of Moberly. This engine is used in downtown Moberly each Railroad Day’s Celebration.
This handicap accessible flat car, built by Bob Schafer, can carry a wheel chair or child stroller, one passenger, and the conductor. One side lowers to the platform loading area for easy access.
Our Gondola Car, built by Bob Schafer, is used to transport up to five adults on rides, or can be used to ferry ties, spikes, or other construction material to any area of the railroad.
The observation car used at the end of the train is home built and contains bass-boat seats to comfortably carry four passengers plus the conductor.
Several of our passenger cars are original Ottaway chair cars. The railroad has four painted in Wabash colors and four painted in N & W colors.
Our ballast car, built by Bob Schafer, can hold 1,500 pounds of gravel used to “ballast” the track. Using a side-dump feature, the car is pulled by a locomotive along the track dropping ballast at the tie ends.
This car is wooden and is not used for passengers.
Three remotely operated switches are controlled at the passenger station. A tunnel switch allows incoming or outgoing trains to move through “track 2″ at the passenger station. A second switch allows trains to move from “track 1″ or “track 2″ on to the main line. Our third switch will allow use of double track to be constructed in the future.
An automatic switch is used at the “James Youth Center” end of the main line. This switch allows the outbound trains to pass around the return circle at the south end and inbound trains to return on the main line. The switch is operated by an automatic controller with a sensor attached to an isolated length of track. The switch takes approximately 20 seconds to throw and returns to the original position after 90 seconds.
Hand thrown switches are used to enter and return to the engine shed from the main line. Switches may be aligned to each of the five interior storage tracks or the one external storage track.
The storage facility for the Rothwell Park Railroad is a 24×40 pole barn with metal roof and siding. Overhead doors allow access to the track. The shed has an external, concrete “ash pit” to allow contents of the steam engine fire box to be removed. A work pit, approximately 12×15 is located below the floor of the engine shed and is equipped with heavy rail to allow locomotives or cars to be worked on from underneath. Also, the pit is equipped with a overhead chain hoist capable of lifting one ton.
Generally, rail used for the Rothwell Park Railroad is 12# rail. Approximately 1/2 of the track is “re-rail” and the other half new rail. Some 16# rail is used on portions of the main line. Track inside of the engine shed is angle iron anchored in concrete.
The passenger loading/unloading area is a converted picnic shelter with metal roof and concrete floor. A ticket counter, concession area with bench seating, and attached loading platforms make for a convenient area to load or unload and to watch trains. A sidewalk that is accessible by wheel chair or walker allows entering or exiting cars without steps.