Frisco No. 1630 is a type of 2-10-0 Decapod steam locomotive. It was Built in 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 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 originally operated as a mixed traffic engine when it was owned by the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway until the end of the steam on the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway during 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 first and one of the only steam locomotives preserved at the museum.
As of today, No. 1630 hauls passenger excursions and occasional freight trains at the Illinois Railway Museum.
- 1630 was one of approximately 200 locomotives that had been order 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) 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.
- With the leak fixed, the locomotive was successfull steamed again on October 30, 2013.
- 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.
- On November 03, 2013 the locomotive made a couple of test runs for the first time on the IRM's main line for years.
- This is the only steam locomotive that the museum operates for the public 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 has been out of service since 2004 and now it is back in Operation since May 24th, 2014 after it's 10 year overhaul.
- After 1630's test run on May 24th 2014 1630 was moving The Rock Island No. 938 into the Steam Department Shops for cosmetic work.
- 1630 has been Operating at the museum since November of 1972.
- There are 5 existing engines with their numbers in the United States are: 1630, 1625, 1621, 1632, and 1615.
- In 2004 it was put away in storage at Barn 9.
- On July 3, 2015 1630's IC Steamboat 3 Chime whistle has replace with a Milwaukee Road 6-chime whistle.
- On July 5, 2015 the whistle is changed to the 5 Chime New York Central Whistle.
- On August 15, 2015 1630's IC Steamboat 3 Chime whistle has now been finally put back on the locomotive.
- 1630 is the Illinois Railway Museum's main passenger locomotive.