Illinois
Steam Locomotives by City


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Updated 6/19/2001

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surviving steam locomotives in Illinois by Wes Barris


All photos taken in 1998 by Richard Jenkins unless otherwise noted

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Amboy
Northwestern Steel & Wire 76  (ex-Grand Trunk Western 8376)
This engine is one of 16 0-8-0's that the Grand Trunk Western sold for scrap in 1960 to the Northwestern Steel & Wire Company of Sterling,  Illinois.   Rather than cut up these engines,  however,  NS&W chose to put them to work as switch engines in their yard.   Some of these engines lasted in service into the early 1980's.   No. 8376 became no. 76 under NS&W ownership.   After retirement,  she was sold to the city of Amboy,  Illinois,  and placed on display next to the depot,  where she is shown here in October, 1998.   Two of her sisters are also preserved in Illinois,  no. 73 at the P.W. Dillon Museum in Sterling,  and no. 80 (as GTW 8380) at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.   Three more are stored on a siding in Galt, Illinois,  and five others went to a Chicago scrapyard as late as 1988.   (Any information about their final disposition would be appreciated.)


Bloomington
New York, Chicago & St. Louis 639
New York, Chicago & St. Louis (better known as the Nickel Plate Road) 639 is a class H-6d 2-8-2.   She is displayed in Miller Park in Bloomington, Illinois,  along with a Southern Pacific caboose.   The engine appears to be in reasonably good shape,  but the aluminum frames on the cab windows look a little strange.


Centralia
Illinois Central 2500
Illinois Central 4-8-2 no. 2500 is on display in a park in Centralia, Illinois.   This nicely-proportioned "Mountain" has been given a roof to protect her from the elements.   Photo by Kevin Witzel,  March 2000.


Galesburg
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 3006
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 3006 is one of five surviving S-4 Hudsons.   (Sister engine no. 3007 is also in Illinois,  awaiting restoration to steam at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.)   These fine,  high-stepping 4-6-4's were built by Baldwin in 1930.   Now owned by the Galesburg Railroad Museum,  no. 3006 is on display near the former CB&Q depot in Galesburg,  along with a combine and a caboose.   She is shown here in July, 1995.


Galt
Northwestern Steel & Wire 05  (ex-Grand Trunk Western 8305)
After Northwestern Steel & Wire retired the last of their steam engines in the early 1980's,  the remainder of their ex-GTW 0-8-0's were given to the Illinois Railway Museum.   Several of them found homes in preservation,  including no. 80 at the IRM itself.   Five of them were traded to a Chicago scrapyard in exchange for CB&Q Mikado no. 4963,  which had been there since 1970.   The remaining three were placed in storage in Galt - just a few miles from the Sterling scrapyard that had saved them - and left to rust.   (More information about the Galt engines can be found on the More Lost Engines page of my Lost Engines of Roanoke web site.)   This engine,  NS&W no. 05,  was originally GTW 8305.   She took her unusual number from NS&W's renumbering scheme of dropping the first two digits of the GTW numbers.   She is shown here in October, 1998.

Northwestern Steel & Wire 30  (ex-Grand Trunk Western 8300)
Grand Trunk Western 8300 was the first of the P-5 class 0-8-0's,  built in 1923.   While the other NS&W engines were re-numbered using the last two digits of their GTW numbers,  no. 8300 kept the middle two,  becoming no. 30.   A coal burner to the end,  she still has half a load of coal in her tender from her last run.   Unfortunately,  this has trapped moisture against the sides of the bunker,  and as a result,  the tender is rusted out very badly,  and some of the coal has fallen through to the track.   Owned by the Illinois Railway Museum,  but stored in Galt,  she is shown here in October, 1998.   The engine behind her is sister engine no. 05.   In November 2000, no. 30 was sold for display at the Buchanan County Visitor Center in Independence, Iowa.   If anyone has photos of her in her new location,  I'd be interested in hearing from you.

Northwestern Steel & Wire 74  (ex-Grand Trunk Western 8374)
Northwestern Steel & Wire no. 74 is the first engine in line as one approaches the siding from the highway.   Behind her is an orphaned Vanderbilt tender,  followed by nos. 30 and 05.   Originally GTW no. 8374,  this engine was built as a coal burner,  but converted to burn oil,  as was no. 05,  while at Northwestern Steel & Wire.   She is shown here in October 1998,  showing the ravages of time after being out of service for less than two decades.


Grand Tower
Central Illinois Public Service 2
Central Illinois Public Service 0-4-0T no. 2 is on display in a Devil's Backbone park in Grand Tower, Illinois.   Photo by Kevin Witzel,  August 1999.


Mendota
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 4978
If there was a grading scale for park engines,  I would have to give this one an A+.   CB&Q 4978 is displayed next to the depot in Mendota, Illinois.   Not only is this O-1a Mikado in excellent cosmetic condition,  but a lot of thought has been put into the display as well.   Rather than the usual chain link fence around the engine,  they used a vertical bar type fence,  high enough to deter vandalism,  but with the bars spaced wide enough to poke a camera lens through.   They also placed the fence a respectful distance back from the engine,  allowing photographers a classic 3/4 shot with an unobstructed view.   The boiler lagging has been removed from the engine to prevent corrosion to the boiler barrel (and of course any future complications caused by leaking asbestos),  but the sheet metal boiler jacket has been replaced so that the engine looks complete.   And if that wasn't enough,  they gave her an accurate paint job and threw in a matching caboose,  making 4978 about as perfect as park engines get.


Monticello
Republic Steel 191
Republic Steel 0-6-0 no. 191 is on display at the Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello, Illinois.   She is one of three steam locomotives at the museum.   The others are Southern Railway 2-8-0 no. 401 and Western Indiana Aggregate & Stone 0-4-0T+T no. 1.   (The extra "T" on the 0-4-0T is a tender she picked up while running as a tender engine at the museum.   Now retired to display status,  she has been given back her saddle tank,  but has kept the tender.)   The Southern Railway 2-8-0 was locked in the shed undergoing restoration to steam at the time of my visit.   The museum also has an impressive collection of diesels and rolling stock,  and is well worth a visit.   Republic Steel 191 is shown here in October, 1998.