Gramling Locomotive Works (GLW) was set up to manage the scheduling, traveling arrangements, maintenance, and crew supervision and training for our traveling locomotives, currently Flagg Coal Co. #75 and Lehigh Valley Coal 126. GLW also maintains a photo display and handles specialized merchandise during events.
Barney and John Gramling, through GLW, have in the process of restoring another Vulcan 0-4-0 tank engine, which will be Jeddo Coal Company #85 - it will be essentially identical to FCC75. The also have an Alco 0-4-2 tank engine that they plan to restore at some point in the future.
Byron “Barney” Gramling started volunteering at the Little River (tourist) Railroad with his grandfather when he was 12 years old. By age 14, he was running Little River’s #110 for passenger excursions and had completed his first major restoration project - rebuilding a 1942 Fairmount motorcar. He has worked for numerous shortline railroads as mechanic or engineer; was an engineer on Amtrak passenger routes between Chicago and Pittsburgh and Buffalo; was a mechanic at Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern railroad; and was Chief Mechanical Officer at Steam Railroading Institute, overseeing $250,000 of work to return Pere Marquette 1225 to top running condition. In addition to working on GLW restoration projects, Barney is currently consulting on several other steam and diesel locomotive projects. He also travels with the locomotives, especially when the two engines are scheduled for separate events on the same weekend.
John Gramling has lived on a farm in northern Indiana his whole life. He has been a farmer, school teacher, operator of a grain elevator, and township trustee. For nearly 30 years, he has been a carpenter/contractor, with an interest in specialty work with wood. He also designs and builds unique tools and parts for special projects. John was also a volunteer for the Little River Railroad, doing repairs and remodeling the old depot at Pleasant Lake, IN. He and his wife Pat now travel with Flagg Coal Co. #75 or Lehigh Valley Coal Co. #126 to most of their events. “We have met so many wonderful people,” says John. “It is rewarding to me to be able to help others learn about and enjoy a disappearing piece of history.”