MILW S-3 Northern
In July 1944, the Milwaukee Road took an order of (10) 4-8-4 Northerns from the American Locomotive Company. Numbered 260-269, they were designated the S-3 class, and were used for heavy mainline freights and occasionally subbing on crack passenger trains. Far from being the heaviest or fastest 4-8-4’s, they were certainly of the most modernized. Weighing in at 460,000 lbs, they produced 4500 hp and had a maximum speed of 100mph. They sat on (8) 74″ boxpox drive wheels. They sported a few unusual features as well. An all weather enclosed cab due to the sub-zero winter temperatures, a combination sand and steam dome, an red oscillating Mars Light, a massive cast steal pilot with folding coupler, and probably the most unusual, an air horn. Unlike the Milwaukee Road’s Streamlined A class 4-4-2 Atlantics used in Hiawatha Service, the S-3 4-8-4’s were also equipped with 3 chime steam whistles. The S-3’s had a very short career, only 10 years. When the Milwaukee Road did away with steam locomotives in 1954, (8) of the 10 4-8-4’s were scrapped.
#261 was donated to the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay Wisconsin in 1958. She sat on display for just over 20 years when “North Star Rail” leased #261 and moved her to Minneapolis for a full restoration. She was fired up in 1993 and has been running ever since. 261 was purchased from the museum in May, 2010 for $225,000. She is now property of “The Friends of the 261.”
#265 is on display at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.
MILW S-3 Northern set includes:
MILW S-3 Engine V-1 (3 chime whistle, secondary airhorn, white number plate)
MILW S-3 Engine V-2 (6 chime whistle, secondary airhorn)
MILW S-3 Engine V-3 (6 chime whistle, secondary 3 chime whistle)
MILW S-3 Aux Tender
MILW S-3 – Tool Car “Earling”
MILW 01 – Baggage “Golden Valley“
MILW 02 – Baggage “2450”
MILW 03 – Dorm “Grand Canyon”
MILW 04 – Coach “Wenonah”
MILW 05 – Coach “Nokomis”
MILW 06 – Sleeper “Minnesota River”
MILW 07 – Diner “Wisconsin Valley”
MILW 08 – Dome “Super Dome”
MILW 09 – Skytop “Cedar Rapids”
MILW 10 – Observation “Milwaukee”
Lackawanna 1661 – Engine & Tender
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