Rusty Traque posted:BobbyD posted:Firewood
Went to see the Zephyr at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, wonderful, takes you back to when it was brand new and an amazing sight to see for everyone. It would have been a spectacular display to have the Santa Fe 2903 parked beside it and "running" in place. I feel that would have been quite the experience for kids of all ages to see those drivers rotating, an imitation fire inside her, and some "Chuffs" during tours. Sadly that is not the case.
"It's still a sight to behold," Grainger said of the train. "It just seemed like the right project for us, to restore it so new generations can appreciate the train and the story behind it. " http://articles.chicagotribune...ne-art-deco-design/2
When 2903 was at MSI, there once was a button to push to get the drivers to rotate one revolution.
Rusty, you are close, but the engine from which the working drive train came from was a C&EI (Chicago & Eastern Illinois) Atlantic 4-4-2. Your memory is correct in that you could push a button and view the moving components of the drive, pretty cool actually.
However, this display was recently sold at auction to an unknown (to me) buyer. I would like to know where it wound up. It would be nice if it wound up at IRM, but I suspect we would have heard if that was the case.
If you do any digging and find the new owner please share with us