Posts Tagged ‘4-4-0 steam locomotives’

Steam Sunday: 21st Century 4-4-0

June 13, 2021

Yesterday we looked at a 4-4-0 locomotive built in the 20th century that was still in operation in March 2014 when I visited Walt Disney World. A month later in April 2014  I ran across yet another 4-4-0 locomotive that had been built in the 21st Century.

It was the Leviathan, which was pulling excursion trains on tourist railroad Lorain & West Virginia in Wellington. A replica of a famous 19th century steamer, this rendition of the Leviathan was completed in 2009.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Steam Saturday: 20th Century 4-4-0

June 12, 2021

Last week I showed examples of 4-4-0 steam locomotive built in the 1800s. Here is an example of one built in 1916 that is still in use. We saw No. 4, Roy O. Disney, at Walt Disney World in March 2014.

It is a Baldwin-built 3-foot narrow gauge steamer rescued with three other steamers from a railroad boneyard in Mexico when Disney World was being developed.

They all have an amazing story of their rescue and restoration rebuild by WDW.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas 

Steam Saturday: Some Historic 4-4-0s

June 5, 2021

The 4-4-0 American-type was probably the most common wheel arrangement steam locomotive in the 19th century.

Over 100 years after their builder date some of these locomotives were restored to operating condition some for a short time and others are still operating today.

All of the locomotives shown I was fortunate to see at a time they were able to be steamed. These locomotives were built in the 19th century.

In the first two images are Western & Atlantic’s General built 1855, and shown at Kennesaw, Georgia on June 30, 1989.

I actually saw it when it was displayed at Cleveland Union Terminal in 1962 when it was in restored operating condition. I was 6 and 1/2 years old.

Photos three and four feature Baltimore & Ohio’s William Mason, built 1856. It is shown in Baltimore at the B&O Museum on Sept. 18, 1999. It was restore and starred in the Wild Wild West remake.

In Photo five is Eureka & Palisade No. 4, Eureka, a narrow gauge locomotive built 1875. It is shown in Sacramento, California, on May 3, 1991.

It is scheduled to operate later this summer in August at the Cumbres & Toltec Victorian Locomotive Roundup.

Photos six, seven and eight are Virginia & Truckee No. 22 Inyo, built in 1875.

The first of this locomotive was made in Sacramento on May 3, 1991, while the other two images were made in May 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Finally there is Prairie Dog Central (City of Winnipeg Hydro) built initially for Canadian Pacific in 1882. It is shown in Winnipeg on July 7, 1996.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Pennsy Steam on the Strasburg

June 27, 2020

It’s mid-1970 in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, where Pennsylvania Railroad 4-4-0 No. 1223 is live on the Strasburg Rail Road.

The American type locomotive was built in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1905 and its excursion career has ended.

It is now on static display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Steam on the Strasburg

May 3, 2020

Shown is Pennsylvania Railroad 4-4-0 No. 1223 on the Strasburg Rail Road in 1970.

This American-type locomotive was built in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1905 and operated on the Strasburg between 1965 and 1989.

It is now on static display at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Leviathan Goes to Pa. Events Center

June 29, 2018

Leviathan was displayed at the steam festival in Owosso, Michigan, in July 2009.

Wanted be married on a steam locomotive? You’ll get your chance if you say your vows at a wedding and special events venue in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which is the new home of a replica of an 1860s steam locomotive.

Leviathan No. 63, is now being housed at Stone Gables Estate, a 275-acre farm that includes an 1872 Gothic barn and a working horse ranch.

No. 63, which was built by Dave Kloke, is a replica of an 1868 Central Pacific 4-4-0 American-type steam locomotive

It took Kloke 10 years to build the oil-burning locomotive at his construction company shop in Elgin, Illinois.

The locomotive has appeared with the Lincoln Funeral Car replica train and has traveled to tourist railroads, museums, and festivals across in the East and Midwest.

It has been stored in recent years at the the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek.

Kloke used plans from the replica Jupiter, now on display at the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit in Utah.

Leviathan is not an exact replica of the Central Pacific locomotive. It has air brakes, which the original did not have.

Also, the backhead has two water glasses to conform to modern safety standards.