Friday, October 15, 2010

Missouri...The End of The Line!

While we were in St. Louis, I talked Bill and Ken, Laurie's brother-in-laws, into a day trip to the county's Museum of transport. As Laurie had my camera with her, Ken acted as my photographer. Thanks Ken!

This unusual 2+D+ 2 Class S-2 locomotive was built in 1906 by ALCO-GE for use on electrified tracks between Grand Central Station and Harmon, New York. This locomotive has served as the prototype for thousands of Lionel and Ives electric model trains. I had no idea that electric trains were in use so early in the 20th century.

We saw many interesting and unusual locomotives as well as various units of rolling stock. This is a Class B electric freight B+B locomotive. It was built in 1918 by the Illinois Terminal Railroad in it's Decatur Illinois shops.

Moving a bit further along in railroad history, this E-8au 2,400 HP locomotive was built by General Motor's Electro-Motive Division in 1950. It was delivered to the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. It served in both a long-haul passenger and as a Chicago-area commuter role.

The St. Louis County Museum of Transport has over 70 locomotives in it's care, with half of them one-of-a-kind or sole survivors of their type!

The museum is located at 3015 Barrett Station Road in St. Louis, Missouri. Web Site: Phone: 314-965-6885

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great RR find. &0 locomotives sounds like a big operation.