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ABOVE: This former Burlington Northern Rus- sell snow plow was donated in 1976, and is currently displayed alongside the roundhouse. RIGHT: Volunteer Marlin Fenner lines a switch to allow ex-U.S. Army RS4TC No. 4002 to enter the main line on August 23, 2014. There are several classic Milwaukee Road switch stands in use on the PVH&M. BELOW RIGHT: Ex-U.S. Air Force center-cab No. 1687, a GE 80-tonner, came to Prairie Village in 1995 from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. It’s seen here making an evening run on July 14, 2014.


tion with Jerry Postrollo Chevrolet of Madison, the men behind the Historic Dakota Central offered Grice a modest sum of money along with a new four- wheel-drive pickup truck in exchange for the 0-6-0. “That’s probably the first time in history that anyone traded a truck for a locomotive,” Redfield told the Aber- deen Daily News in 1976. Grice received several times his purchase price for the engine, but never-the-less told the Min- neapolis Star Tribune that he was “sad to let it go.”


No. 29 now had a place to stretch


its legs; it was trucked to its new home during the last week of May 1976. The engine was in good shape, despite hav- ing been out of service for 12 years, and not much was required to prepare it for the inaugural run on July 2, which was attended by Governor Knelp. Some 260 riders were accommodated in seven leased cars brought in from Wisconsin. It was hoped that this was only the begin- ning; Redfield and the others wanted to make the 0-6-0 part of a proposed “Great Plains Railroad Museum” in downtown Madison. Burlington Northern even do- nated a retired Russell snow plow to the effort. For the remainder of the summer of


1976, No. 29 steamed out of Junius three times each day, making stops at Prairie Village for riders wishing to explore the museum. But that year was less than successful from a financial standpoint, and while Historic Dakota Central re- opened and ran a partial season in 1977, it could not make ends meet; the pas- senger equipment was returned, plans for the railroad museum were shelved, and the rails between Madison to Junius were torn out in an effort to recoup costs. The three men that purchased No. 29 retained ownership, but the 0-6-0 now


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sat cold on static display, along with the donated snow plow, near Prairie Village on the last 1000 feet of remaining track.


The Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee After ten years sitting idle, in 1987


there was renewed interest in getting No. 29 running again. It was still in good mechanical shape, and after being cleaned, greased, and painted, it proved to be a popular attraction running back- and-forth at that year’s Jamboree. In 1988 the 0-6-0 was purchased outright by Historic Prairie Village, and plans were drawn up for a loop track circling the village.


Construction of the railroad turned


out to be a major undertaking; the prop- erty was ill-suited for a railroad line due to the terrain, but fortunately a volun- teer with experience in railway survey- ing was available. A 15-ton Burro crane was donated and restored by a local club; it was used to move rail and ties — most of it salvaged from the yard in Madi- son — during the construction phase. A steep, curving grade was required to


bring the tracks from the Wentworth Depot up to the main entrance, then alongside Highway 81 and down anoth- er steep grade to a connection with the surviving half-mile of CMStP&P line. The new two-mile railroad was dubbed the “Prairie Village, Herman, & Milwau- kee,” because it starts at Prairie Village, runs through the old Herman ghost town site, then merges onto the Milwau- kee Road grade for the last part of the journey. After countless volunteer hours the PVM&H was completed in 1990, and over the years has become one of the most popular attractions at the Village. A replica three-stall wooden roundhouse was erected in 1997 that is served by a 66-foot turntable that was salvaged from the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha (later C&NW) yard in Sioux Falls. No. 29 operated on the PVM&H until


2002, when it was removed from ser- vice for firebox repairs. After sitting as a static exhibit in the roundhouse for several years, volunteers began working


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