Locomotive Mississippi at Chicago Museum?

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DaveBrt

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Many of us have seen the very early locomotive "Mississippi" at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In the new (Fall-Winter 2019) issue of Railroad History, the magazine of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, John White, famous railroad author, says that he now doubts that the displayed locomotive is the Mississippi as built -- and not by just a little. White notes that the Mississippi that was given to the Illinois Central RR in 1893 was given with the proviso that it be displayed that year at the Chicago World Columbian Exposition. The Ill. Central president insisted that it steam on its own from their shops to Chicago -- 815 miles. It is his tentative contention that the current locomotive is a combination of two donor locomotives, giving us a one-of-a-kind locomotive that looked little like the original. He contends that the original machine could not have made that trip without major repairs. Points he makes have to do with the size of the boiler, the location and angle of the drive system, the lack of any drawings of a 0-4-0 by the manufacturer, and the lack of any pre-conversion photos by the IC.

White says this is likely, but still open to future research results.
 
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