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August 27, 2021

Photos of Southern Railway 4501 Visiting Chicago in June 1973

The photos from Marty Bernard were taken from the Roosevelt Road Viaduct and the trains were on the leads to LaSalle Street Station on June 24, 1973. Rock Island E6A 630 was brought out to pose with the Mikado. A commuter train came by also. The last photo shows all the steam fans lined up along the Viaduct.

Wikipedia says, “Southern Railway No. 4501 is a 2-8-2 Mikado-type steam locomotive built in October 1911 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a primary freight hauler on the Southern Railway. It was the first Mikado-type to be built for the Southern. In 1948, the locomotive was retired from the Southern in favor of dieselization and was sold to the shortline Kentucky and Tennessee Railway (K&T) in Stearns, Kentucky to haul coal trains.”


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