Frisco No. 1630 is a type of 2-10-0 Decapod steam locomotive. It was built in March 1918 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Russian Government as a broad gauge (5 foot gauge) engine, but due to the Russian Revolution it was

Frisco No. 1630


Baldwin Locomotive Works

Date Built

March 1918

Serial Number



Russian Decapod (class Ye)

Wheel Arrangement

2-10-0 Decapod


Standard (4 foot 8 1/2 inches)

Driving Wheel Diameter

52 inches

Cylinder Size

24" x 28" inches

Locomotive Weight

105 tons (176.2 tons with tender)

Valve Gear


Tractive Effort

47,454 lbs.

Boiler Pressure

180 psi


1967 (revenue)

V - E - T - D

kept in the USA. It was converted to standard gauge, and given to the Pennsylvania Railroad, before being purchased by the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. It was assigned as a mixed traffic engine when it was owned by the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway until the end of the steam era in the 1950's. After it's withdrawal it was sold to Eagle-Picher who used it to haul lead ore to a smelting plant.

It was eventually purchased by the Illinois Railway Museum as the one of the only steam locomotives preserved at the museum.

In 2004, it was put away in storage at Barn 9. On November 03, 2013 the locomotive made a couple of test runs for the first time on the IRM's main line for years, but it developed a leak and was put back in the shops. With the leak fixed, the locomotive was successfully steamed again on October 30, 2013.

Today, No. 1630 still hauls passenger excursions and occasional freight trains at the Illinois Railway Museum.


  • 1630 was one of approximately 200 locomotives that had been ordered by the Russian Government.
  • This engine was also featured in the film "The Alphabet Train" "A League of Their Own" "The Babe", "Choo-Choo Trains Close Up And Very Personal" (kids VHS) "Illinois Railway Museum" (Railway Productions) "I Love Toy Trains" (during a "Real Trains" segment) "I Love Big Trains", and Goldhil Video's Great Trains of America: Eastern Railroad during the Illinois Railroad Museum feature.
  • Unlike most decapods, 1630 has a front mounted air compressor. Only one other preserved Frisco decapod has a front mounted compressor: 1632.
  • A blower was often used to blow soot and exhaust from the smokestack.
  • In 1975 Frisco No. 1630 and Tuskegee No. 101 doubleheaded a passenger train on the IRM mainline.
  • At the museum you can embark on tours of the locomotive. 
  • This is the only steam locomotive that the museum operates on its demonstration line, while the other 2 locomotives (The J. Neils Lumber Co. No. 5 and Union Pacific No. 428) are under restoration to operating condition. 
  • The locomotive had been out of service since 2004 and now it is back in steam since May 24th, 2014 after it's 10 year overhaul.
  • After 1630's test run on May 24th 2014, the Rock Island No. 938 was moved into the Steam Department Shops for cosmetic restoration work.
  • 1630 has been operating at the museum since November 1972.
  • There are 5 existing engines of this class in the US, there numbers are as follows: 1630, 1625, 1621, 1632, and 1615.
  • Since July 3, 2015 1630's IC Steamboat 3 Chime whistle has been replaced with lots of whistles, so the museum had to make her sound better.
  • 1630 is the Illinois Railway Museum's main passenger locomotive.
  • On June 11, 2017 it was seen switching around a bundle of other old steam locomotives on the museum grounds.
  • The locomotive, during Memorial Day weekend 2016, pulled 137 empty coal cars as what was considered to be one of the longest revenue freight trains powered by a steam locomotive in at least 25 years as said by IRM's Steam department curator.
  • In July 2016, it was seen pulling the consist of the IRM's "Nebraska Zephyr".

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