New Orleans Cannonball with 2-10-4 "Texas" steam engine




The reason for the name "New Orleans Cannonball" is somewhat simple. It combines the two names of a famous Illinois Central train. Here is my explanation: John Luther (also known as "Casey") Jones drove the No.1 Express from Memphis to New Orleans on April 30th, 1900 when he collided with a stopped train and died in the resulting wreck. The name for any fast express train from that period was called a "Cannonball". Fast forward to 1947 when Illinois Central renames the train the City of New Orleans and extends it to end at Chicago instead of Memphis. This name was made famous in 1972 by Arlo Guthrie by way of the song "City of New Orleans". (By the way: Amtrak took over the train in May 1971, and still runs it to this day.)

HOWEVER: My Brick Railway Systems version runs from Chicago but takes a detour to go to several stops not used by the real train, such as Springfield IL, and St. Louis, MO whereupon it rejoins the real route at Cairo, IL.

This steam locomotive (number 6297) pulls the New Orleans Cannonball on my layout. It is a 2-10-4, which is called a Texas type. There is one of this type on display at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. It is Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe number 5011, and it's where you can ring the bell from the cab. (It is located in the red-roofed Roberts Building next to the trolley stop.)

NOTE: The pistons have two parts disconnected from the model.... they work in real life, but not in LDD. Also, the numbers "6297" go on the sides of the cab and rear of the tender, while "BRICK RAILWAY SYSTEMS" goes on the sides of the tender in printed 1x1 tiles.
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Name New Orleans Cannonball with 2-10-4 "Texas" steam engine
Designer Murdoch17
Designed 2015
Inventory 2066
Theme Train
Gingerbread House
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