Tell us about the locomotive brought in for the Quincy Lincoln-Douglas Centennial

The replica locomotive, as seen in the Oct. 9, 1958, issue of The Herald-Whig, was brought to Quincy for the 100 anniversary celebration of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Mounted on an automobile chassis and driven by a car motor, it weighed more than 10,000 pounds. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 9:25 am

A friend from out of town is trying to find information when a steam engine called the Rodgers was here on Oct. 10, 1958, for the Quincy Lincoln-Douglas Debate Centennial parade. Can you find anything?

We were able to find a picture from the Oct. 9, 1958, issue of The Herald-Whig that shows the locomotive, but there weren't many details about it.

The replica of the pre-diesel railroad locomotive and coal tender was brought to Quincy by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Mounted on an automobile chassis and driven by a car motor, the locomotive was more than 38 feet long, 8 feet high and 7 feet wide. It weighed 10,000 pounds. The article said the locomotive was driven by Virgil Entsminger, a Burlington truck lines driver.

The parade was part of the five-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, which was held Oct. 13, 1858, in Washington Park.

Does anyone else have any background on the steam engine? We'd like to hear it.

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