This locomotive is less than two years old. Built by the Kloke Locomotive Works in Elgin Il., it was their second locomotive. For the train buffs, rail fans, and techies it is an "American 4-4-0" design, oil fired boiler, and weighs in at just 88,000 pounds (a mere 44 tons), a real light weight as locomotives go. The rest of the specs are:
Cylinders 16" x 24" Driving Wheels 60" Boiler 50" outside diameter Boiler Pressure 160 lbs Flues 156, 2" diameter Engine & Tender Length 45' Engine & Tender Weight 88,000 lbs Tender Tank Capacity 2,000 gallons
To get a closer look at this beauty as it was being built click here http://www.leviathan63.com/projectYork.html
On our visit we took a ride and were both educated, entertained, and met some characters on board.
So why is this such a historic railroad and train????? In 1863 the Civil War was still raging. The Battle of Gettysburg had been fought in this area just a few month earlier. A memorial ceremony was being planned on the Gettysburg battle field to honor those that had given their lives for this cause. President Abraham Lincoln had been invited to say a few words. Amazingly he was not the main speaker, but his words, known as the Gettysburg Address, have lived on in history.
To travel to and from Washington DC to Gettysburg he took a train very similar to this one, and traveled on these same tracks. Unfortunately a short time later Lincoln would again ride these rails, but this time would be to his final resting place in Illinois.
And while you're there, after you stop at the Pizza place for lunch, walk down to the New Freedom Station and visit the Railroad Museum. You won't be sorry.