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Sunday Streamline #19: West Burlington Aeolus

Today, a steam loco that imitated its diesel brethren.

In 1937 West Burlington installed a stainless steel shroud and roller bearings on CB&Q 3002 4-6-4 in order to use it for substitute power on the Zephyrs. It was renumbered 4000 and named Aeolus (Greek God of the Winds).

Crews were quick to refer to this locomotive as "Big Alice the Goon", after a character in the Popeye comic strip. 4000 saw regular duty heading the Chicago to Denver Aristocrat and Exposition Flyer. In 1938 West Burlington built a similarly shrouded Hudson 4001 also named Aeolus. 4000's shrouding was removed in 1941 but the nickname stuck. The 4000 (sans shroding) is now on display in a park in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Info: steamlocomotive.com

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Comment by Jacob Savage on January 28, 2011 at 9:12am
Wow, that's a beauty! think I may try to build one via Lego, if I succeed I'll post the results!

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