This trainset was built in 1936 for service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. The trainset was built for speed with lightweight cars and was articulated, meaning one set of wheels served the ends of two cars. The engine is an E5A, built in 1940 and is the only one left in existence. It is powered by two 1,000HP 12-cylinder engines and was originally geared for 117 MPH (we only got up to about 83 MPH!). This engine is named the Silver Pilot. Following is a picture taken by Tom Sharratt, who along with his wife rode the train on Saturday.
Galesburg is a 'railroad town' with 2 mainlines of the BNSF Railroad crossing in the city. With its rich tradition, it has several railroad displays as well as a railroad museum.
Here is the coach I will be riding in, called the Minerva.
On Saturday morning, Dick and I left to head for Galesburg. Here's the neat depot in New Albin.
Here's the neat bridge over the Mississippi River that was Illinois Central trackage, then Chicago Central, and now Canadian National. Note the tunnel at the far end as the track runs straight into the rocky hill. The tunnel will make a right angle turn in the hill and we'll see the far portal later.
Crossing the river, we went into Savannah. A great museum here with a Civil War display and a large model railroad and advertised to be open on weekends. Guess what--closed! We found this caboose and Milwaukee coach displayed.
South of Savannah we came to Thomson, which had a train depot including a museum, and advertised to be open on weekends, and of course, . . .
Richard's facility services 60 engines a day. He took us up into the tower where he works. Here's his office: