The Pennsylvania Railroad supported the construction of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway so that it could gain access to Chicago by the late 1850s. The straight and level route west of Fort Wayne was one of the highest speed passenger routes in the USA.
|Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society posted|
High speed rail? We had it 75 years ago. Here's Pennsylvania Railroad no. 6100 rocketing between Fort Wayne and Warsaw, Indiana on April 19th, 1941. This route regularly saw passenger trains trucking along at over 100MPH, though some reports indicate 6100 once reached 150MPH on the Fort Wayne Division. The enormous S1-class was a one-of-a-kind steam locomotive which owed its streamlined looks to designer Raymond Loewy and its reputation as a "slippery" engine to an experimental design.
Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society We find 110-120 to be the more acceptable average.
Josef Kleffman I would think 75-80 would be more of the average speed.
Dylan Mullins Not by far. 120 was regular on the ft Wayne district.
Steve Corbin The S1 was the fore runner of the T1 steam locomotive,,the PRR had Ramond Lowey redesigned a shorter more efficient steam locomotive to pull passenger trains,,the T1 had all roller bearings instead of the babbit bearings The T1's were built by Baldwin Locomotive Works and the PRR Altoona Railroad Shops