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Near St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

#1595

Illinois Terminal

 

1928

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. #1595 Marker
Inscription.  The Illinois Terminal built 20 Class C elec tric interurban freight locomotives at their Decatur, IL shops, using trucks, traction motors and control equipment from retired passenger cars. These were needed as freight trains became heavier, and are a development of the older Class B locomotive, also on exhibit. It is 52' 5" long and weighs 160,000 lbs. The eight 75 HP traction motors used in its articulated four truck design could produce 1,500 HP for short periods of time. This design used two independent cast steel sub-frames that are each 20' 7" long and 9' 21/2" wide, and are ballasted with scrap steel and concrete. This gives it a (B-B)-(B-B) classification; two unconnected frames, each with twoswiveling trucks, and all axles powered. This design made it very flexible, able to make it very flexible, able to take 35' radius street trackage curves, and spread out all its weight, avoiding the need to replace light rail and existing bridges on the line. These locomotives could operate in multiple with each other as well as Class B locomotives. They ran on 600 volt DC power taken from an overhead wire via trolley poles. The columns with locomotive
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
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numbers on them at the ends are sandboxes. Sand could be dropped on the rails from them to improve traction. Donated in 1956 by the Illinois Terminal Road.
 
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
 
Location. 38° 34.261′ N, 90° 27.777′ W. Marker is near St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker can be reached from Barrett Station Road east of Old Dougherty Ferry Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3015 Barrett Station Road, Saint Louis MO 63122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. #E-2 (a few steps from this marker); TTOX #130059 (a few steps from this marker); What Does "Bi-Polar" Mean? (a few steps from this marker); #1057 (within shouting distance of this marker); #1575 (within shouting distance of this marker); #1 (within shouting distance of this marker); SL-SF#3000 (within shouting distance of this marker); #1149 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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