No reason for me to create a lot of original content today, given the work of others.

On the long weekend, I went to the Illinois Railway Museum for its 60th Anniversary gala (the collection first established in 1953 in the back lot of the Chicago Hardware Foundry works in North Chicago).

Union Pacific recognized the event with a diesel from its Historical Motive Power collection.

Eighteen is from the museum collection.  It is one of only a few General Electric 10,000 horsepower gas turbine electric locomotives to be preserved.  Behind it, 6936 is Union Pacific's own, and it's as meritorious of its place in the collection as are 844, 3985, and 4014.

Two visiting steam locomotives brought out the casual enthusiasts.

At left, Lehigh Valley Coal 126, from the anthracite fields of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  At right, an oil-burning replica of Central Pacific 63 Leviathan.  Resident Russian Decapod 1630 is still under repair.  It passed the hydrostatic test this summer.  Because of the way regulations start the clock on boiler life, it is unlikely to be steamed up until the beginning of next summer.

The serious enthusiasts noted some more distinctive rolling stock.

At left, South Shore 803 is one of twenty motors built for the USSR and stranded in the Americas by Cold War embargoes.  It is the only one currently operable, unless one of the five that went to Brazil is still running.  At right, Burlington 9911 Silver Pilot, still capable of sustained running at track speeds, is the only diesel of its type in preservation.

Soviet railroads used light rail, thus steam locomotives had as many as 14 driving wheels, and the South Shore motors 16, to reduce axle loadings.

There's always reason to post another picture of Silver Pilot and the Nebraska Zephyr.

And thus does the school year properly begin.

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