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The Challenger Departs! by zee-doktor-is-in The Challenger Departs! by zee-doktor-is-in
Not a sight you see everyday anymore. The Kiddieland LTD, which was the Train ride at Kiddieland in Melrose Park, IL, was saved and has been preserved for future generations at Hesston in Indiana. I'm very glad to see such icons of my early childhood still running to this day. Here's some HD video as well: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WixFx… and www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGex4T…

Kiddieland was a very traditional amusement park that opened in 1929, and closed on September 27, 2009. It was then demolished in 2010 to make way for a new Costco store and many of its equipment and rides sold off at auction. The Coal-fired, 14" Gauge Hudson-Class steamer in the photo, built in 1939, was purchased by the Hesston Steam Museum along with its coaches, and is still operational. The Northern-type was purchased by a private owner, but is on the grounds awaiting a full restoration as the boiler is no longer functional.

Even despite its small size, the Challenger still has all the charms of its full-size brethren, and is a rather impressive sight to watch as well as ride. It also even has many of the (at the time) modern implementations of steam locomotive technology, including a mechanical lubricator, water injector system, superheaters, and air compressor.

I highly recommend paying a visit to Hesston. All their train rides take a winding path through lush forest preserves, their departures are frequent, and the rides are short but very enjoyable. They also own, and are in the process of restoring, all of the 2-foot gauge trains from the Brookfield Zoo, and a beautiful Shay.
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TaionaFan369 Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Northern-type is back
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zee-doktor-is-in Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did see some video on youtube of the museum operating a Kiddieland double-header with the Northern-type a year or so ago, but she hasn't left the shops at all since I started going. :P
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TaionaFan369 Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hope that luck changes
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zee-doktor-is-in Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Same. We got a lot of projects going on in the shop as well, so it might just not be as important as other things.
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musksnipe Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a nice little "toy".
Coal fired. Does the engineer use a little shovel or does he toss chunks of coal in? :D
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zee-doktor-is-in Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely a little shovel, It's only about 18" long and has the surface area of a medium-sized breakfast pancake! ;) The loco holds true to the Hudson-type dimensions though, the firebox is about as deep as your whole arm, thanks to those trailing trucks.
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musksnipe Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I was sort of joking about the shovel. :)
That's pretty cool.
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zee-doktor-is-in Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D 
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Man Thats A Huge Headlight
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zee-doktor-is-in Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is, isn't it? I'm certain it's either from a real locomotive, or some sort of federal regulations required a certain size for safety reasons back when the loco was built in 1939. Then again, it is a children's amusement park ride and the exaggerated proportion no doubt gave it much charm to the kids!
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