Handy Steam Locomotive

Handy Steam Locomotive

1942 50 Ton Class BSI  H.K. Porter Steam Locomotive – AKA #9


Handy Steam Locomotive

Lets Put #9 Back on the Line!

#9 is currently undergoing Restoration! Due to her condition we haven’t been able to operate her since 2019.

Many of you have been wondering about our 1942 50 Ton Class BSI H.K. Porter Steam Locomotive (AKA #9)!

We started Phase 1, project discovery, of the restoration process on January 19th 2024. She is currently undergoing disassembly to determine the full extent of the necessary repairs. This project is estimated to cost a minimum $500,000.00. As we move forward we will keep our supporters updated on the progress and financial requirements of the overall project.

Please assist us in returning #9 with a donation by mail or at the train station, the next time you are visiting the park! For those serious givers, there are 6 levels of support to choose from!

The restoration timeline can only go as quickly as the funds will allow. For example, we can have her ready within 1 year or 5+ years.

So help us restore #9!

Please Give Today!

Give online: Supporter Form - Give Now to #9

Or print and mail in the form!  Print Supporter Form

Mail your gift to:

Handy Dandy Railroad INC.
1072 Cranford Rd, Denton, NC 27239


Project Discovery

* Currently in progress.

  • Get Drawings for #9 and send them off to get new drawing made.
  • Undergo disassembly to determine the full extent of the necessary repairs.


Here are two pages from past programs

10th birthday steam  –  steam train pg



Handy Dandy Railroads #9 is a 50 Ton class BSI 0-4-0 built in 1942 by the H.K. Porter Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The locomotive originally worked in the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland, But was soon drafted into the Navy and used at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.

Following the War, the locomotive’s history gets difficult to follow. However, #9 seems to have spent most of her time around Richmond, Belle Island, for the PC Old Dominion Iron and Steel Company. However, the engine’s ownership during this period is still unknown. In 1964, The locomotive was purchased by Echo Valley Park Inc. in Greenville, SC for use on the Swamp Rabbit Railroad, as a supplement for Cliffside Railroad 110. Whether the engine operated here or not remains unknown.

After the closure of Echo Valley Park, the locomotive was sold to the Blacksburg and Cherokee Falls Railroad in Blacksburg, SC, where it had a short operating stint for about a year before being sold to Mr. David Barnhardt in Burnsville, NC in 1972. The engine was stored on the now-defunct Yancey Railroad, presumably for excursion service, But 2 separate floods in 1972 and 1976 respectively washed out the railroad, killing any chance for excursion service.

In April of 1979, it was sold to Brown Loflin, the late owner of the Denton FarmPark, (Then known as Denton Airport) in Denton, NC from Dave Bernhardt and Associates in Mt. Pleasant, NC. It was then brought to the Denton FarmPark from Burnsville, NC. It was made part of the Handy Dandy Railroad which rides tourists on the 1.5 mile track around the park every year during the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion at Denton FarmPark. The path of the railroad tracks was prepared and placed on the ground with the help of Fred Russell, Charles Johnson, Dee wright, Howard McCullen, Danny Wagner, and of course the two Howard Latham and Brown Loflin. #9 was restored by the Denton FarmPark staff and would operate for the first time during the 1980 reunion. So In 1982, the locomotive was given a facelift, we removed her saddle tank and converted her from an oil burning, to a coal burning engine and added a set of domes, a bell, and most notably, a tender; along with three passenger cars and a caboose.  The locomotive has operated every year during the FarmPark’s Southeast Old Thresher’s Reunion, Which his hosted around the 4th of July every year until 2020. After the Threshers Reunion in 2019, during a routine inspection, An issue was found. Nine is in need of a new boiler, firebox, and a few other parts in order to operate safely.

As of 2023, Denton FarmPark is requesting help to raise the funds necessary to return the locomotive to full operating service once again. We have begun Phase one on January 19th, 2024. Phase one is retrieving the original drawings of #9 and sending them off to have new ones drawn. During this time we have been carefully taking 9 apart and labeling everything as we place them on the shelves.  Here are a few photos from that day. We are so grateful to have such a good team!



If you would like to donate or sponsor #9 and help keep it running please contact us.