The locomotive was purchased in the 1960's from Marquette Michigan and eventually made its way to Columbus Ohio. Over several years work proceeded on its restoration in the old C&O coach yard known as "Yard - A". The big 2-8-0 type locomotive was chosen because it closely resembled the large 2-8-0 H-series used by their favorite railroad, C&O.
Soon news came concerning 3 ex-Erie commuter coaches. From the parts of these 3 1920 era coaches emerged 2 coaches suitable for transporting tourists. You can tell photos taken during the first year of operations because the 2 coaches were still lettered 'Salt Creek' for the Wellston line.
They had intended to purchase an abandon DT&I line that ran through Wellston Ohio. However before the arrangements could not be finalized a scraper tore up that line. Then they became aware of the C&O's Monday Creek branchline at Nelsonville, which was about to be scraped too. This time were able to purchase the line, but narrowly, purchasing the track from the scraper himself.