Friday, February 28, 2014

Illinois Central 2-6-0 #3719

Illinois Central 2-6-0 #3719 at the Illinois Railway Museum on May 23, 2004

Illinois Central #3719 is a 2-6-0 Mogul built in December 1900 by the Brooks Locomotive Works. It was originally #560 but was renumbered #3719 in July 1937 and renumbered again #3706. After retirement from Illinois Central, the locomotive was sold to the Bevier & Southern in Missouri to be their #109.  In 1963 it was sold to a locomotive dealer and eventually found its way to the Steamtown site in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Steamtown sold the locomotive in March 1986 and in May it was purchased by the Illinois Railway Museum. Interestingly, its tender wears the number 3039.  The reason for this remains a mystery (at least to me).

John Simakauskas has a picture of this locomotive on his Steamtown, Bellows Falls, Vermont, 1978 website. Check it out, and note that the tender has been numbered 3039 since at least 1978. If anybody has the answer to this minor mystery, let me know in the comments.

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