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I'm looking for more information on this little replica of the C&NW Pioneer. The local hobby shop I purchased it from had very little information other than "It's old". I completely dissasembled the tender in order to get it operational (the motor is in the tender). After some cleaning , lubrication and adjustment it now works. The motor has "Lindsey" stamped on it. Some of the construction is brass and the main rods actually move. The tender is lettered for the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad a predecessor of the C&NW. If anyone could help me find out who it was built by and the approx. age I would greatly appreciate it. E-mail info to: email@example.com
The following pictures aren't too good as they came fromVHS tape. I can get better pictures if anyone cries loud enough.
The Pioneer was the first train to operate in Iowa. It has beed restored several times and is now on display in Chicago.
5/28/2001 Mr. Cash, I think your Pioneer locomotive was offered by Kemtron, which I believe is now Precision Scale Co. I have a copy of their recent catalog #3. Some parts are still available for this loco, shown on page 118. Address is------- Precision Scale Co. Inc. P.O. Box 278 3961 Highway 93 North Stevensville, Montana 59870 Hope this helps. Walt Kudela
10/29/2001 The model is from Kemtron in the 50's. The company is no longer and different companies got the molds/dies. I have the pilot, and smoke stack and have for 20 years been looking for that model. You can see the real thing in the Chicago Historical Society Museum on Clark street in Chicago. The Pioneer is the oldest Baldwin locomotive today having been built in 1836. The Smithsonian Instatute even has a small booklet on the Engine. If you need more info let me know. Frank Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org
3/20/2003 Your model was made by Kemtron in the 50's and sold out in the 70's. Some dies are now with Precision Scale (not the boiler). You can email them at email@example.com Ask for parts for 4-2-0 If you know of any others please let me know as I have been looking for one for 30 yrs. Frank Carlson
History of the Pioneer
Here is a link to photos of another Pioneer model http://www.iserv.net/~marvdg/pioneer.htm
In 1949 the Pioneer toured the C&NW system on a special train.
A new tender and wooden passenger cars were fabricated in the Chicago shops.
Photo from Lyndon Groth Collection
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