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BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s B&O Railroad Museum is putting a 217-ton steam locomotive aboard a train to its new home with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad in Cumberland.

A scenic railroad spokeswoman said late Thursday afternoon that workers were putting cranes into position to lift the engine and its 104-ton coal tender onto specialized flat cars.

A train operated by CSX Corp. will haul the massive machine nearly 140 miles across central and western Maryland.

The steam engine is Baldwin locomotive No. 1309, built in 1949. The scenic railroad says it was the last commercially built steam engine made by Philadelphia-based Baldwin Locomotive Works for use in the United States.

The locomotive was used by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Co. to haul coal mined in the eastern United States.

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