CBQ S-4 #3006 is located in the Galesburg Railroad Museum at 211 South Seminary Street, Galesburg, IL. The museum is open from 5th April to 30th September Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-4.00 and Sunday 12.00-4.00. It is closed on Mondays.
#3006 is the museum's only full size piece of motive power and, although you can still get good photos from the perimeter fence, if you don't go into the museum, you won't be able to climb up into the locomotive cab. The museum also has CBQ Railway Post Office Car #1945, CBQ Passenger Car #2645, The Meath, CBQ NE 10 Class Caboose #13501, motor cars, switch stands and crossing signals in the yard. Inside the museum building, there is a small library, various railroad related artefats and model trains.
#3006 was donated to the City of Galesburg by the CB&Q in 1962. The people of Galesburg also donated $3,200 that year to move it and build track at its current location in Colton Park. When the Galesburg Railroad Museum opened, the City gave it a lease to maintain the locomotive.
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The Chicago Burlington & Quincy bought a total of twelve Hudson type (4-6-4) locomotives from Baldwin in 1930 (#3000-#3011).
Designated Class S-4, with 78" drivers, they were designed for fast passenger service and went into service pulling CB&Q "varnish" trains such as the Ak-Sar-Ben, the Aristocrat and the Black Hawk. They eliminated the need to swap one locomotive for another during their trips, and they were also fast: one is credited with hauling ten standard passenger cars between Cochrane and La Crosse, WI, at 112 mph.
The S-4 was one of CB&Q's most successful steam locomotives. #3002 was streamlined to haul the Zephyrs. Renumbered #4000, named Aeolus
and nicknamed "Big Alice the Goon", after its success, a second was built from scratch numbered #4002.
Four other S-4s have survived. You can see #3001 in Ottumwa, IA, on the CBQ S-4 #3001 page of this website, #3003 in Burlington, IA, on the CBQ S-4 #3003 page and #3007 on the Illinois Railway Museum Yard page. #4000 (ex #3002) is on the CBQ S-4 #4000 page.
#3007 weighs 391,880 lbs. The tender weighs 326,050 lbs light and has a capacity of 24 tons of coal and 15,000 gallons of water.
With a Type B stoker and an 87.9 sq ft grate area, the S-4's 369 sq ft firebox was fitted with 43 sq ft
of arch tubes and had a 70 sq ft combustion chamber. An additional 1,830 sq ft of
superheating brought the total heating surface to 6,077 sq ft. With 25" x 28" cylinders, 14" diameter piston valves, and operating at a boiler pressure of 250 psi, the S-4 delivered 47,676 lbs tractive effort.