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

#318

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

 

— 1926 —

 
#318 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
1. #318 Marker
Inscription.  This eight-wheel (0-8-0), heavy steam switcher was "home-built" at the TRRA's Brooklyn, IL, shops. It was the first steam locomotive ever built with a one-piece, solid cast steel locomotive bed, which included its cylinders with the frame and pilot beam. This most intricate and difficult casting was made by the Commonwealth Steel Company (later General Steel Castings) of Granite City, IL. Its success lead to this type of locomotive bed being used on nearly every modern steam locomotive. It was one of the principal design developments of the 20th century steam locomotive, replacing as many as 400 parts bolted and riveted together in cast steel tank bottom, with welded sides and bracing. The locomotive has 52" drive wheels, 26" x 28" cylinders, weighed 209.5 tons in working order, and its boiler worked at 200 pounds pressure. Engine and tender are 53' 6½" long. IT was purchased from the railroad and donated by the General Steel Castings Foundation in 1956.
 
Erected 2013 by Museum of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location.
#318 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2019
2. #318 Marker
38° 34.301′ N, 90° 27.661′ 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. #1522 (a few steps from this marker); "Black Diamond" (a few steps from this marker); #71 (a few steps from this marker); SBIX #1634 (a few steps from this marker); #206 (within shouting distance of this marker); #102 (within shouting distance of this marker); #103 (within shouting distance of this marker); #952 (within shouting distance of 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 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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