time for another wandering. This time we get invited to visit the Illinois
Central Railroad’s 2500 steam engine. I decided that we would also use the
visit as a segment for the Let’s Talk Train Show. The engine is on display
everyday in the city park, but, was open for tours as part of the Centralia Fall
Festival. The 1923 engine was built as a 2-10-2 by the Lima Locomotive Works in
Lima, Ohio. In 1937, at a cost of $77, 653 the 2953 was rebuilt at ICRR’s
Paducah shops. The rebuilt her as a 4-8-2 on a one piece cast steel frame,
30x30 cyls.; 70” drivers with 240 lbs. steam pressure
giving it 83,00 lbs. moving power effort. The tender holds 11, 00 gallons of
water and 24 tons of coal. When ready to run, this engine weighed 635,00 lbs.; the engine today weighs 450,00 lbs. just sitting
2500 ran 1,000,000.00 miles before the Illinois Central donated her to
Centralia and was moved to the city’s park by volunteer labor and equipment on September
1st through the 8th in the year of 1962.
remember this legend, as my grandfather and uncles would proudly show off this
masterpiece, whenever we would come to Centralia. I am really glad that the put
a cover over her, and keep her painted like new. The engine is now the responsibility
of the Age of Steam Memorial Committee and the Centralia Foundation.
talking to the volunteers and doing the radio segment, we headed back downtown,
where as part of the town’s fall festival. The Canadian National Railroad
brought part of the office train, E8 and a GP engine. The Little CN was taking
people on rides.
The new AMTRAK waiting Room
The Canadian National still left most of the business cars
painted in the ICRR colors.
The E unit headend was againset the trainset, as the GP unit
was doing the pulling the consist from Homewood Illinois.
The kitchen car was used to make the food that the railroad
was selling in the food tent.
only car people wander though was the lounge car.
famous theatre car was being used by the train crews and the CN PR team as
their rest car.
Little CN was pulling kids and kids at heart around the parking area and the
is a great train town, both because of its history and its future, It is the crossroads for the Canadian National, Burlington
National- Santa Fe, even the Norfolk Southern rolls though the town.
for wandering with us.