Sunday, January 18, 2009

Heartland Rails: Heartland Steam Trains

The post from Viewliner Limited contributor Ray Peacock will be a regular feature on Sunday's and will showcase Ray's great railroad photography. (To visit Heartland Rails just click on the banner.)

Steam locomotive manufacturing was always customised. Railroads ordered locomotives tailored to their specific eequirements. Specialised manufacturers constructed locomotives for all rail companies. Companies manufacturing locomotives in the US included Baldwin Locomotive Works, American Locomotive Works (ALCO), Lima Locomotive Works and others.

Milwaukee Road Steam 4-8-4 ~ Burke siding, Savanna, Illinois, June 20, 2002 ~ 261 climbs out of the Miss. river valley hardly breaking a sweat, enroute to Chicago and a weekend of excursions. The farmer who's property I'm shooting from is awestruck standing next to me. He'd been resting in the shade when I approached on this muggy day.

SOO Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Horicon, Wisconsin, July 08, 2002 ~ SOO 1003 highballs Horicon enroute to Milwaukee and the Great Circus Parade. Geeps on the left are cannibalized, the 1003 survived the diesels that were bought to replace her.

Pere Marquette Steam 2-8-4 ~ Carland, Michigan, August 16, 2003 ~ PM 1225 blasts past the old elevator at Carland, Michigan. Only the mini-van & pickups parked in front of the elevator reveal the era the photo was taken in. This is former AA trackage, nearing Owosso.

Union Pacific Steam 4-6-6-4 ~ West Chicago, Illinois, June 16, 2002 ~ UP Challenger highballs West Chicago for day #2 of excursions to Milwaukee. Even the tower employee takes a shot of this steam show in the cool early morning air!

Polson Logging Steam 2-8-2 ~ Mid Continent RR trackage, North Freedom, Wisconsin, February 20, 2000 ~ At the time, Mid Continent RR only operating steamer, Polson Logging #2, runs south on a sunny winter's afternoon to LaRue.


Keith said...

I've always wanted to go on a train trip. I love trains. I've loved movies that have train sequences in them.

Major Pepperidge said...

Funny, I was thinking the same thing as Keith. There are still lots of movies with scenes that involve old steam trains, and I figured that they must be terribly hard to do. But now I see that there are some beauties out there that still operate regularly.

Ray Peacock said...

The last steam engine in the picture, Polson Logging #2, is out of service now. It is very expensive to maintain one, never assume a given active steamer will be running tomorrow!
That is why I like to photograph them. I'm too young to remember them in active service, the railroads couldn't get rid of them fast enough! Don't want to miss these too. Thanks for looking.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Thanks for the additional comments Ray. As always the pictures are fantastic.

For those of you that have never been on a train trip, you should really try it. It will be the ride of your life.

Arthur Mcinnis said...

Interesting trains!

I really liked the customized designs of most trains today. It's also notable that they are running on steam power. Engine parts like Hoffman traps contribute to the excellent performance of such vehicles. Condensate gases are controlled by hoffman vents which creates the loud steam sounds tat we hear whenever a train passes.

Looking forward to more train information from your blog. Thanks!