Commonwealth Edison 4

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Built in:1911 by Alco/General Electric
Type of car:locomotive (GE steeplecab)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Commonwealth Edison 4
This fairly unremarkable locomotive, while it did not have a spectacular career, is unique in one respect. It is the only surviving GE steeplecab built with articulated trucks. GE only ever built three - two for ComEd and one for the Wilkes-Barre & Hazleton. ComEd 4 spent its entire life switching the Northwest Generating Plant of Commonwealth Edison. Upon retirement in 1962, it and its sister unit 5 were donated to IRM. ComEd 5 was scrapped in 1964 for cash to help IRM pay for its move from North Chicago to Union, but 4 was retained and during the 1970's provided the main motive power for many of the construction and work trains at IRM. It is still used for some workhorse duties and is fully operational.

Ownership History:Commonwealth Edison #4 1911-1962 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1962-present

Facts and Figures

Status:operated occasionallyGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:n/a#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B+B)Total HP
Trucks:Alco ArticulatedBrakes:GE LTCompressor:CP-28 (2)
Motors:GE 207C (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)