Two train engines were parked on the railroad at the corner of Front and Jefferson when I drove by. They had the words "Burlington Junction" painted on them. Were they part of the former Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad, where the locomotive that used to be on Quinsippi Island came from?
The two railroad engines you came across were part of the Burlington Junction Railway, which wasn't part of the former Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, which merged with the Burlington Northern in 1970.
A February 2005 article in The Herald-Whig said the Burlington Junction Railway started Quincy switching operations in October 2003. The firm, which had operated in Burlington, Iowa, since 1985, brought on the Quincy operation after Burlington Northern Railroad Co. sought to exit local switching.
No. 3007 was a steam engine donated to Quincy by the CB&Q in June 1961 and remained on display for 19 years. It was not one of the two engines used for the Little Q Railroad that operated until 1983 on a 1.5-mile miniature track.
According to a March 1980 article in The Herald-Whig, the steam engine was manufactured in 1930 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and was one of a fleet of 12 class S-4 Hudsons. It was the largest locomotive used by he CB&Q, and it could go as fast as 90 mph. The 93.5-foot locomotive weighs 253 tons.
The Quincy Park Board decided in June 1979 to give the engine to J.L. Wade, who operated the Purple Martin Junction train museum in Griggsville. An offer by the American Legion Post No. 37 to take over the upkeep of the locomotive on the island was rebuffed by the board.
Wade operated the museum until 1987. That August he agreed to sell the locomotive as well as 29 vintage railroad cars for $510,000 to an investor group in southwestern Iowa. The train was to be part of a major tourism program.
No 3007 is now housed at the Illinois Railways Museum in Union, about 55 miles northwest of Chicago.
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