Cornwall Street Railway Light & Power 14

Dave's Electric Railroads

Built in:1929 by Baldwin/Westinghouse (ord#60701)
Out-of-service/Retired:1972 (1971)
Type of car:locomotive (B-W steeplecab) (Type B-1)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Cornwall Street Railway Light & Power 14
The Baldwin-Westinghouse type B-1 steeplecab was intended to reduce manufacturing costs by simplifying the design of the basic type B steeplecab. Due to the shrinking interurban network in the 1920's, only twelve were built, and only two survive. Of them, locomotive 14 is the newer unit and was the second-to-last type B-1 ever built. Built for stock in early 1929, it was sold to ST later in the year and operated there with another type B-1 in mainly switching and short-haul freight service. In 1956 ST dieselized its freight operations and 14 was sold to Cornwall, where it joined an odd assortment of secondhand electric locomotives in servicing the various industries on the CSRL&P system. It operated at Cornwall until that system too was dieselized and 14 was sold to IRM; upon arrival in Union it ran itself off the flatcar and has operated at IRM consistently ever since.

Ownership History:Springfield Terminal #20 1929-1956 / Cornwall Street Railway Light & Power #14 1956-1971 / Cornwall Transit #14 1971-1972 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1972-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:500
Trucks:BaldwinBrakes:14EL (K14)Compressor:D3-F (2)
Motors:WH 562D5 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)