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Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now
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Author:  Cody Muse [ Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now



I found this picture while "surfing" the internet... I thought you may like it especially since it is almost Christmas! Note the rear coupler on the ground. I am thinking this must have been taken after they switched her in error, and destroyed her frame extension...

Merry Christmas to you and Miss Audrey!

Cody Muse

Author:  Les Beckman [ Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now

Cody -

Great shot! Thanks for posting it. IF this is the IC in Markham, then the building with the Budweiser sign is probably on the corner of 175th and Ashland Avenue. Although the Illinois Central Railroad called this Markham Yard, I think that tavern is actually in East Hazelcrest, Illinois and the yard itself in Homewood. Note that the front coupler of number 6 is also laying on the ground!

Of interest to me is the car right in front of the Porter. I think this may be the "park bench" Rock Island caboose that John Thompson also acquired when he was building his railroad "collection". If it is, then that caboose (that the Rock made from an old single sheathed wood boxcar), also made it to Monee, Illinois along with "Audrey". I technically owned that rare caboose at one time, but it did not survive the move and scrapping of equipment when IRM cleared the Monee property years later.


Author:  ted66 [ Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now

And if you look in the Winter 2017 issue of Rail & Wire from Illinois Railway Museum, you will find an article on a simiar locomotive Coronet Phosphate #9 by H.K. Porter.

Both of them are far from their Florida working site! I hope for good things for both of them!

Ted Miles, IRM Member

Author:  Les Beckman [ Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now

Ted -

Just want to point out that Coronet Phosphate # 9 is a 2-6-2T. Same builder; different wheel arrangement.


Author:  QJdriver [ Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Coronet Phosphate 0-4-2T #6; then and now

To chime in my 2 cents worth, that IRM article most likely contains some information on the Coronet Phosphate industrial railroad which I don't have. If anybody can make me a photocopy, I'd sure appreciate it.

For that matter, I've heard stories about John Thompson's fotos being at the IRM, and stories about other folks with some earlier fotos of #6. In either case, I'll be happy to pay the costs of copying and mailing, if somebody is willing to share.

Thanks Cody for posting this great foto. It is indeed taken at Markham, and, Les, I think that must be your RI caboose. My theory about the beams, couplers, and footboards being removed is that it must have been done for loading, or maybe to fit on a shorter lowboy. The sag in the frame extension has started in this view, but is not nearly as bad as it is now. The dinkleberries may have been added after #6 left Florida --- it looks like somebody tried to fix it with too small a welder. The frame repairs everywhere else have good penetration and fusion, although they look a bit lumpy, they seem solid.

Thanks for your interest, and everybody,

Take Care, WORK SAFE, & HAPPY 2018 from Audreyland !!~!

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