2-8-0, American Locomotive Co., construction #46944, 1910

LS&I #22 served her entire life in the Marquette area of the upper peninsula of Michigan. She was built by the Pittsburgh works of American Locomotive Company for the Marquette & Southeastern as their #38 in 1910.

One year later, the M&SE became the Munising Marquette & Southeastern, and she retained her number 38. In 1924, MM&SE was merged into the Lake Superior & Ishpeming, and she became LS&I #22. The LS&I was based at Marquette, Michigan where ore was delivered to a dock for loading into Great Lakes ships.

In 1963, LS&I #22 was sold, along with many other LS&I locomotives, to a local tourist line called Marquette & Huron Mountain. #22 worked in service for M&HM during 1964-65 (her final run was on Labor Day of 1965).

In 1984, M&HM suspended operations, and their equipment was sold at auction. #22 were purchased by Mid-Continent members and moved to North Freedom along with several cars. Following #22’s arrival at Mid-Continent, an extensive evaluation of the locomotive was conducted. The restoration plan was to accurately restore the locomotive to its Lake Superior & Ishpeming identity as accurately as possible. The plan also included boiler work and the efforts resulted in achieving state certification in 1992. Due to changes in the regulations and the significant costs to return the locomotive to service the efforts turned to completing the cosmetic restoration. The restoration was largely completed by 2016 and the locomotive was placed indoors on display in the Dorcy Building in September 2019.

LS&I #22 on display inside the museum’s Dorcy Building. Sept. 2019. Jeffrey Lentz photo.
#22 with restored tender, October 2001. Bill Buhrmaster photo.
#22 with restored tender, October 2001. Bill Buhrmaster photo.
M&HM #22 in Presque Isle, MI being prepared to be moved to MCRM in April 1985. William Buhrmaster photo