Near Kirkwood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Delaware, Lackawanna & Western
— 1905 —
Built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in Schenectady, NY, this 4-4-0 is a "Camelback" or "Mother Hubbard" locomotive. It gets that name from the engineer's cab being located in its center, above the boiler. This is due to the wide firebox needed to burn the hard anthracite coal from the Northeast. To burn properly this coal has to be in a very thin layer compared to more common soft coal, leaving no room for a cab in the normal location. A separate shelter is provided at the rear for the fireman. It was built to haul passenger trains, such as the fabled "Phoebe Snow," and was exhibited at the New York World's Fair in 1939-40.
It is 59' 2" long, has 69" driving wheels, 20" x 26" cylinders, boiler pressure of 185 lbs and weighs 159,200 lbs in working order. IT came to the museum in 1953 and was cosmetically restored in 1999-2002. The Lackawanna used the imaginary "Phoebe Snow" to promote its image as a clean railroad starting in 1900.
The image of this elegant woman getting off a train in the summertime with her white linen dress as clean as when she left home was powerful advertising.
That runs on the Road of Anthracite, And when she left the train that night
She found, to her surprised delight, Hard coal had kept her dress still white.
Erected by Museum of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Women.
Location. 38° 34.318′ N, 90° 27.67′ W. Marker is near Kirkwood, 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. #103 (here, next to this marker); #5011 (a few steps from this marker); "Daniel Nason" (a few steps from this marker); #102 (a few steps from this marker); #4006 (a few steps from this marker); #206 (a few steps from this marker); Illinois Terminal Neon Sign (a few steps from this marker); SBIX #1634 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kirkwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.