From the November 2, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."
1941, 75 Years Ago.
"The Pioneer, first locomotive engine that ran on the railroad west of Chicago, will participate in the Fall Festival All-American parade tomorrow night. Arrangements to bring the famous locomotive were completed today.
"The Pioneer was placed in operation by the Galena and Chicago Union railroad, the predecessor of the Chicago and North Western railroad. It was built in 1836 and put in operation in 1848 being used until 1873 when it was retired.
"The Pioneer weighed only ten tons, it had but one pair of drive wheels, and its cylinders were ten inches in diameter and had an eighteen-inch stroke. Its top speed was 25 miles per hour."
Small by locomotive size. I figure the 1848 referred to when it was placed in service in Illinois.
I Had Never Heard of This Locomotive, So Looked It Up. Next Blog. --RoadDog