Friday, November 10, 2017

C&NW Pioneer Locomotive

The UP/C&NW/Galena & Chicago Union was the first railroad built from Chicago. And their Pioneer was the first locomotive that ran out of Chicago.

(I took the colored pictures in the Chicago History Museum where it is now preserved.)

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In 1948, the G&CU bought a 12-year old, obsolete, but cheap, locomotive delivered by boat from Michigan City --- The Pioneer. (northwest) It was the first locomotive to run in Chicago. (The Rogers was the first locomotive operated in Illinois.)






Photos from the Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948.

A sequence of photos showing the C&NW delivering The Pioneer and an age appropriate coach to the 1948 Fair.

1 from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)

2 from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)

3 from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)

4 from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
The sequence ends with them taking a public relations photo showing their oldest locomotive with one of their newest. Remember, this photo was taken in 1948 so that E locomotive was probably fresh from the EMD factory.


5 from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Note the big timber atop the wheels on the tender with a large lever on top of the timber. I suspect that was a brake. This is decades before air brakes were invented. I've seen "armstrong" interlocking towers and turntables, but this is the first time I have seen an armstrong brake. Also note how the cylinder slants downward. On top of the cylinder, you can see the box for the slide valve.

Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Some photos showing it in the "Wheels A-Rolling" show that was put on four times a day.

Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Photo from WW2 RADIO's album: Chicago Railroad Fair - 1948 (source)
Update:
David Daruszka posted
John Uhlich Anyone know where the photo of the Pioneer was tacken?
David Daruszka The annex of the Transportation Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

David Daruszka updated
Chicago & North Western's locomotive Pioneer poses with a modern E-unit in 1948 at the 40th Street shops. The photo from the C&NW publicity department documented the locomotive's appearance at the Chicago Railroad Fair. Photo from the collections of the Chicago & North Western Historical Society.
David Daruszka updated
[The Pioneer is getting some tender loving care at the 40th Street Shops.]
Trevor Palczynski posted
Chicago & Northwestern "Pioneer" 4-2-0 locomotive on display at the Chicago History Museum
Jeff LewisJeff is an administrator in this group. Is that a replica or the real deal?
David Daruszka commented on Trevor's posting
Real deal, minus the tender.
Jason R Maxwell Built in the 1830's by Baldwin with no cab or tender. Cab and tender were added and it was sold to the Chicago and Galena Union railroad in 1848. It was shipped in on the great lakes. The very first locomotive on what eventually became the Chicago and Northwestern. It was also leased to the original Burlington route predecessor and was there very first engine too. Very historically significant. We are lucky it was saved.
Craig Cloud Wood fuel? Did it get changeover burn coal at all?
David Daruszka posted
David Daruszka updated




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