Saturday, February 7, 2015

Old Locomotive



We have not looked at trains in a while, so this would be a good week to reminisce about traveling by rail. We start with this old locomotive that was built in 1862. It looks like a rather small engine, so I wonder if it was designed for just a few passenger cars.

4 comments:

  1. This is a very famous locomotive called the "Pioneer." It is famous for being the first engine out of Chicago on the Galena and Chicago Union RR, October 25, 1848, but it is older than that. It was originally built in 1837 and called the "Alert." It ran for several years on the Utica and Schenectady RR before being sold to Michigan Central RR and finally to the G&CU RR who renamed it the "Pioneer." You can see it today, restored in the Chicago History Museum in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago.

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  2. Welcome back, Nate. Interesting background info.

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  3. I agree with Rebecca. Nice to have you back, Nate. I've missed the bantering and the great history lessons.

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  4. I am really enjoying the historical images on your site. The wonder of photography is capturing these moments in time - these images are also a great history lesson.

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