Pioneer 4-2-0

The Pioneer is a 4-2-0 steam locomotive that was built in 1837 by the Baldwin locomotive works. This was the first locomotive to operate in Chicago, Illinois. The locomotive pulled it's first train out of Chicago in 1848 after being delivered by schooner.


When the locomotive was originally built it was used by the Utica and Schenectady Railroad who called it Alert, nine years later it was sold to the Michigan Central Railroad who added it's cab and tender as it originally had an open footplate and onboard coal bunkers. In 1848 the locomotive was sold to the Galena and Chicago Union where it was used to build the railroad. this was when it was renamed Pioneer. Two years later it was loaned to the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad where it was used to haul works trains. It is currently on static display in the Chicago History Museum.