Engine #4978  LbNA # 33975

Placed DateAug 9 2007
CountyLa Salle
LocationMendota, IL
Planted ByQuestar    
Found By Merlin and Ardea
Last Found Sep 29 2014
Hike Distance?

First Finder Certificate in Box!

At the Mendota Train Museum, you can see Engine #4978.

It originally was assigned to the CB&Q Galesburg division and was carried on active assignment as late as 1961. The #4978 display was donated by the CB&Q Railroad to the LaSalle County Historical Society, May 1965.
The light Mikado-type locomotive with 2-8-2 wheel design was built in 1923 at Baldwin Locomotive works, Eddystone, Pennsylvania yards. The tender held 19 tons of coal and 10,000 gallons of water. Waycar #14451 was built in the Burlington*s Aurora shops in 1911.

Follow the tracks in the direction the locomotive is facing to the 3rd crossing. At this crossing there is a road parallel to the tracks that shorty leads to a small community park. Park. There will be a creek off to your right. At a bearing of 170 degrees you will notice a clearing in the tree lined border of the park. Take this path up. Now turn to your right, walk approx. 40 paces (1 pace = 1 left, then right step). On the right will be the first little clearing you come to, and nestled in the base of a small tree is your quest. Be quick, you won't want to be caught up here when a train is coming!

Ink: Black