The presence of Erie RR 4-6-2 No. 2524 in South Korea has long been rumored, and no matter how often the rumor gets debunked, it seems to keep cropping up. Hopefully, this will put a cork in it. Tim Moriarty spoke with Director Son Gil-Shin of the Korean Railway Museum regarding this locomotive. Here’s what the Director had to say:
Director Son Gil-shin of the Korean Railroad Museum was asked specifically about this locomotive and he never heard of it being displayed anywhere in Korea at
any time, and it appears this Erie locomotive was possibly confused with
No. 244 above or it was a case of deliberate deception or hoax by someone
wishing to get Erie fans excited. Director Son also confirmed there are no surviving US-built steam locomotives anywhere in Korea.