I love hearing from the diesel department. Personally, I think the Illinois Railway Museum has one of the best (if not the biggest and most diverse) collections of vintage diesel locomotives in the country. In fact, I was up there June 4. I didn't think it would rain that hard, but around 2:00, the rain let up in time for me to get some shots of 1848 and some of the other diesels that were sitting on display. I just wish I could hear from the diesel department a little more often. I just have a few questions. -What ever happened to the museum's Milwaukee Road U25B? I don't think I have ever seen a photo of it at the museum. -Would the museum at least consider finishing a cosmetic restoration and putting the MILW U25B on display? I know that costs a lot money too, but I think it would be easier to just cosmetically restore it. It would free up some shop space.
#1 Matt Maloy on 2016-06-22 18:25
I never knew they even had a U25B.
#2 Luke Solberg on 2016-07-04 00:01
Indeed, the MILW 5056 has resided indoors awaiting some TLC for quite some time. I know the fellow that had been working to get it running has had a long distance relationship with the 5056. He claims a few drums of lub oil is needed to check the worthiness of the repairs made. I would be glad to spearhead a drive to do just that. Anyone interested? Jerry
#2.1 Jerry Pyfer on 2016-07-10 12:24
If you're willing to help fund a tote or two of engine oil, contact diesel department curator Jamie Kolanowski by calling or leaving a note at the museum office.
#2.1.1 Jeron Glander on 2016-07-12 22:20
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