Frisco Russian Decapod
Built by Baldwin in 1918, #1630 was (1) of (1200) class “Ye” 2-10-0 decapods destined for the Russian Empire to run on their 5ft gauge tracks. With the rise of the Soviet Union, there was a total collapse of the Russian Empire and the following Bolshevik Revolution resulted in 200 of the decapods staying in the United State, not being able to be paid for by the USSR. These decapods were converted to American standards and were put to work on various railroads. In 1919, #1630 was renumbered to #1147 and was leased to the Pennsylvania Railroad. Even though she could produce a decent 48,454 lbs of tractive effort, she was found to be inadequate compared to the PRR’s 2-8-0 H-10 at the time that produced almost 5,000 lbs more tractive effort at 53,197 lbs. In 1920, she was sold to Frisco and remained on their roster until 1951, when she was sold to Eagle-Pitcher, who used her to haul lead ore from a mine. In 1967, she was donated to the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) and was put back into service in 1974. She ran until 2004 and was pulled from service for FRA repairs, returning in 2014, and has been running since!
Today: Only (6) of the (200) Americanized Russian Decapods survive:
#544 is on display at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC
#1615 is on display at Missile Park in Altus, OK
#1621 is on display at the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO
#1625 is on display at the museum of the American Railroad in Frisco, TX
#1630 is operated by the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL
#1632 is currently being restored by the Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad in Belton, OH
Frisco Russian Decapod IRM Excursion set includes: Engine, Tender, Aux Tender/Milk Car, ATSF Combine, DM&I Coach and DL&W Boonton Coach
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