The Pioneer

Archive ID176
DescriptionThe Pioneer
Record TypeGeneric
CollectionThe Joseph A. Smith Collection
CreatorAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Date Created
Reference #
SourceSmith, Joesph A.
Date AcquiredJune 28, 2006
Size14.5 x 9.0 cm
In ColorYes
Negative Exist
SubjectsAmerican Heritage Publishing Company
Chicago & Galena Union Railroad
Locomotive, Steam
New York Central Blog
New York Central Railroad
Utica & Schenectady Railroad


5 THE PIONEER The six-wheeled Pioneer was the first locomotive to operate west of the Great Lakes and, on October 25, 1848, became the first to run out of Chicago. She was Matthias W. Baldwin?s thirty-seventh iron horse. He built her in June, 1836. for the Utica & Schenectady Railroad, a precursor of the New York Central system. She weighed ten tons and had one pair of driving wheels. Her maximum speed was 25 miles per hour. After serving the Utica & Schenectady nearly twelve years she was bought by the Chicago & Galena Union Railroad, which later became part of the Chicago & North Western system, and assigned to a ten-mile run between Chicago and what is now Maywood. Illinois. Since her retirement in 1873 she has been exhibited at world?s fairs and in museums. Today, still intact, she is one of the oldest American-built locomotives capable of running under her power. CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY


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