Leviathan 63 steam locomotive at Illinois Railway Museum

Staff Report

UNION, Ill. — Leviathan 63, an American steam locomotive, will be at Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) in Union, Ill., Sept. 3-5 and Sept. 17-18.

In 1868, the Central Pacific Railroad purchased four steam locomotives from Schenectady Locomotive Works. They were The Jupiter 60, The Storm 61, The Whirlwind 62 and The Leviathan 63.

This Leviathan 63 replica is America’s newest operating steam locomotive. It was built from scratch by Kloke Locomotive Works, LLC, beginning in 1999 and is a fully-operable steam locomotive that has been under steam at a few events around the Midwest.

This will be the first time that Leviathan 63 will be pulling a pair of coaches and hauling passengers. Visit IRM and experience the sight of an 1860s steam locomotive. Check the IRM website at irm.org or call 1800-BIG-RAIL (1-800-244-7245) for details.

Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors 62 and older, and $8 children 3-11. Maximum family charge is $45.

Admission includes unlimited rides on all trains, including the Leviathan. Parking is free and food is available at the Dinner Annex.

IRM is at 7000 Olson Road, Union, Ill.

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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