Illinois Railway Museum

Steam Passenger Trains

Before leaving grad school in Rolla, MO, friend Bill Welch and I made a trip to WI and IL in search of steam and other railroading. We drove all night to North Freedom, WI and the Mid-Continent Rail Museum. After the day at North Freedom, we drove to Madison, WI and spent the night. The next morning we drove to the Illinois Rail Museum at Union, IL where we found the following steam engine pulling trains on their restored interurban mainline. We saw Frisco 1630 which would later be rebuilt and operated.

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