Planes, Trains and Automobiles

St. Louis and San Francisco Railway’s #1522 Locomotive—The Frisco

Featuring mainly trains and only one plane, we visited the National Museum of Transportation last weekend. This is a county park that we talked about going to when Rey and his family visited us last month, but never made it there then. In fact, we have not visited this park in almost thirty years. A lot of work has gone into the place in the interim. we spent most of Saturday afternoon touring the grounds and closed the place. Much of the museum is outdoors, although the cars are housed and most of the trains are somewhat protected from the weather by sheds. Although, it is a county park, it is run by volunteers. It being the weekend, no restoration work was going on then. It was definitely worth the visit, and I don’t intend to wait another thirty years before returning again.

Built in 1926, in Philadelphia’s Baldwin Locomotive Works, the pictured engine, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway #1522, the famous steam locomotive, the Frisco. This locomotive has a booster engine on its trailing truck. The engine was first used in freight/passenger service. Retired in 1955, it was donated to the Museum. #1522 led two lives, restored in 1988 to operating condition and returned to hauling passengers on Midwest excursions from 1988 to 2002.

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