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Steam Locomotive 1522

CLICK TO ENLARGE. Pausing at Elsberry, Oct 2, 2000. Photo by SLSTA Crewman George Rees. All rights reserved

Frisco 1522 is a 4-8-2 'Mountain Type' Steam Locomotive built in 1926 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for service on the St. Louis - San Francisco (FRISCO) Railway. Retired by the Frisco in the early 1950s, she was donated to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis for display. In 1988, the all volunteer St. Louis Steam Train Association completed a 3 year restoration of the 1522, beginning her second career as an excursion engine throughout the Midwest and South. Rising insurance costs and limited access to the mainline, coinciding with an expensive, required boiler inspection have forced the 1522 out of excursion service and back into retirement as of the end of 2002. The St. Louis Steam Train Association was also dissolved at the end of 2002.

PLEASE NOTE: This web site is being maintained by the former SLSTA webmaster in order to keep the public informed on status of the Frisco 1522 in its second retirement and, perhaps some day in the future, its possible return to service. This web site does not represent any group of any kind since there are, at present, no groups associated with the 1522. Any opinions expressed should be considered those of the webmaster unless otherwise noted.

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What's New on the Site - October 9, 2004

Latest News: The 1522 is preserved and stored under cover at the Museum of Transport. It is available for view by visitors to the Museum. The former crew has conducted only one work session at the Museum since the end of March.

Bruce Near of Galesburg has a short 1522 clip on his web site and has graciously allowed us to link to it. If you've never seen and heard the engine in action, this will give you a brief taste. The video is at http://willissteel.com/1522Kirkwood.rm. NOTE THAT THE URL FOR THIS VIDEO HAS JUST CHANGED. Crank up the sound when you watch it!

1522 souvenirs are still not available for sale at this time.

1522 Retirement FAQ page available.
Find answers to your questions or ask your own.



Use the links below to learn more about America's favorite 'Mountain'!

1522's Photo Gallery
Everything you ever wanted to know about the locomotive!
Learn all about 1522's rolling entourage!
Visit other sites closely related to the 1522

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This site dedicated to the memory of

William Calvert

1962 - 1997

A friend who was taken from our crew much too soon.