Illinois Central 201

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Illinois Central 201
IC 201 20050716 IL Union.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works
Serial number 2588
Build date May 1880
 • Whyte 2-4-4T
 • UIC 1′B2′ nt
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 56 12 in (1,435 mm)
Loco weight 107,600 lb (48,806.5 kg; 48.8 t)
Boiler pressure 140 lbf/in2 (970 kPa)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 16 in × 22 in (406 mm × 559 mm)
Valve type Slide valves
Performance figures
Tractive effort 11,862 lbf (52.76 kN)
Operators Illinois Central Railroad
Numbers 213, renumbered 221 in 1884,
201 in July 1890,
1401 in July 1900
Retired November 1928
Current owner Illinois Railway Museum
Disposition Static display

Illinois Central 201 is a steam locomotive, originally owned and operated by Illinois Central Railroad. In 1949, the locomotive was operated at the Chicago Railroad Fair as part of the "Wheels A-Rolling" pageant. It is now on static display at Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.


201 was one of several 2-4-4T locomotives built for commuter service between the edge of the Chicago Loop and the South suburbs (now part of the Metra Electric District).


1401 was retired in 1926 when the IC electrified the route. The rest of the fleet retired in 1935 from yard service; some were sold to other railroads. in 1934, it was renumbered back into 201 where it took part at the Chicago Worlds Fair for many years until 1949. in 1975, the locomotive was sold to a private owner and displayed in front of the depot in Owatonna, Minnesota. it was later donated to the Illinois Railway Museum in 2002.


  • Chicago Railroad Fair Official Guide Book (1949).
  • Edson, William D. (Spring 1979). "Illinois Central Locomotive Roster". Railroad History. Boston, Massachusetts: The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. (140): 10–114. 
  • Moshein, Peter; Rothfus, Robert R. (Autumn 1992). "Rogers locomotives: A brief history and construction list". Railroad History. Boston, Massachusetts: The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc. (167): 13–147. ISSN 0090-7847.