Consumers Energy Donates Retired Locomotive From its Karn/Weadock Complex to Saginaw Railway Museum

28 Oct, 2003, 00:00 ET from Consumers Energy

    ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consumers Energy
 today announced it has donated a retired switching locomotive from its
 Karn/Weadock Generating Complex to the Saginaw Railway Museum for use as a
 permanent exhibit at the Museum.
     The retired American Locomotive Company (Alco) RS-1 locomotive was
 transported to the Railway Museum in Saginaw today from the Karn/Weadock site
 in Bay County's Hampton Township by CSX Railroad.  The "old Alco" was used at
 the Karn/Weadock site to move rail cars carrying coal to fuel the J.C. Weadock
 and D.E. Karn plants from 1968 until it was retired in 2002.
     "The old Alco locomotive from Karn/Weadock is historically significant to
 railroad aficionados because it is one of only five or six left in the United
 States," said James Trier, Acting President of the Railway Museum.  "We're
 pleased that Consumers Energy was willing to donate it to our group locally,
 to preserve the history of significant railroad artifacts in the Saginaw-Bay
 area," said Trier.
     Karn/Weadock site General Manager Calvin H. Talley said, "We believe in
 being a good corporate citizen of the communities in which we operate.  Making
 this donation of our retired locomotive is a good fit in keeping with our
 'good neighbor' philosophy."
     The Alco RS-1 locomotive was built in 1951 in Schenectady, NY, and
 delivered new to the Rutland Railroad in Vermont that same year.  Rutland sold
 the Alco RS-1 to Green Mountain Railroad, also in Vermont, in 1964.  Then
 Consumers Power Company purchased the Alco from Green Mountain in 1967 for use
 at Karn/Weadock.
     The Karn/Weadock Generating Complex is Consumers Energy's largest power
 production complex and consists of three separate plants:  the 310-megawatt
 coal-fueled Weadock plant; the 511-megawatt coal-fueled Karn 1&2 plant; and
 the 1276-megawatt natural gas- and oil-fueled Karn 3&4 plant.  Together,
 Karn/Weadock and associated combustion turbines can generate up to 2,526
 megawatts, enough to meet the electric needs of Bay City, Saginaw, Midland and
 Flint combined.
     Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural
 gas and electricity to more than six million of the state's nearly 10 million
 residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
     For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
 www.consumersenergy.com
 
 

SOURCE Consumers Energy
    ESSEXVILLE, Mich., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consumers Energy
 today announced it has donated a retired switching locomotive from its
 Karn/Weadock Generating Complex to the Saginaw Railway Museum for use as a
 permanent exhibit at the Museum.
     The retired American Locomotive Company (Alco) RS-1 locomotive was
 transported to the Railway Museum in Saginaw today from the Karn/Weadock site
 in Bay County's Hampton Township by CSX Railroad.  The "old Alco" was used at
 the Karn/Weadock site to move rail cars carrying coal to fuel the J.C. Weadock
 and D.E. Karn plants from 1968 until it was retired in 2002.
     "The old Alco locomotive from Karn/Weadock is historically significant to
 railroad aficionados because it is one of only five or six left in the United
 States," said James Trier, Acting President of the Railway Museum.  "We're
 pleased that Consumers Energy was willing to donate it to our group locally,
 to preserve the history of significant railroad artifacts in the Saginaw-Bay
 area," said Trier.
     Karn/Weadock site General Manager Calvin H. Talley said, "We believe in
 being a good corporate citizen of the communities in which we operate.  Making
 this donation of our retired locomotive is a good fit in keeping with our
 'good neighbor' philosophy."
     The Alco RS-1 locomotive was built in 1951 in Schenectady, NY, and
 delivered new to the Rutland Railroad in Vermont that same year.  Rutland sold
 the Alco RS-1 to Green Mountain Railroad, also in Vermont, in 1964.  Then
 Consumers Power Company purchased the Alco from Green Mountain in 1967 for use
 at Karn/Weadock.
     The Karn/Weadock Generating Complex is Consumers Energy's largest power
 production complex and consists of three separate plants:  the 310-megawatt
 coal-fueled Weadock plant; the 511-megawatt coal-fueled Karn 1&2 plant; and
 the 1276-megawatt natural gas- and oil-fueled Karn 3&4 plant.  Together,
 Karn/Weadock and associated combustion turbines can generate up to 2,526
 megawatts, enough to meet the electric needs of Bay City, Saginaw, Midland and
 Flint combined.
     Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural
 gas and electricity to more than six million of the state's nearly 10 million
 residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
     For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
 www.consumersenergy.com
 
 SOURCE  Consumers Energy