Posted by cavranger on July 22, 2017 
This was a crime! I'm sure they could have easily given the beast to a museum or something...sad sight to see even after all these years...
Posted by Jeff Sell on July 22, 2017 
I remember when this unimaginable scrapping occurred....a steam locomotive that survived well into the diesel era being scrapped in the late 80's. The rail fan community was certainly upset when this happened. Sad!
Posted by J.PO on July 23, 2017 
Posted by Kevin Madore on July 23, 2017 
When it comes to preserving history, we Yanks could take some serious lessons from the Brits. Americans often don't know what they've got until it's gone. That a locomotive such as this one could survive into the late 1980s and end up like this is indeed a crime.
Posted by Alex Gillman on July 23, 2017 
Despite the crude way of scrapping the engine, this is one of the better "cut aways" I've seen that shows the iner-workings of a steam locomotive.
Posted by Patrick McColgan on July 23, 2017 
First he looses CB&Q 5632 due to C&WI's incompetence and then he looses 5629 due to Metra's stubbornness and bureaucratic red tape. It seems Richard Jensen just couldn't get a break in his preservation efforts.
Posted by Jeff Lisowski on July 26, 2017 
I believe this is the same photo that was in a 1987 issue of Railfan & Railroad. My understanding, is that Metra, never even built anything on that property after the fact. Jensen was stubborn as well. Your mileage may vary...
Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on July 26, 2017 
In fairness to Metra, they had tried to contact Jensen several times about this locomotive and warned him several times that it would be seized if he didn't move it or pay back storage charges. For reasons unknown, Jensen never responded and this was the result.
Posted by Erick Anderson on July 27, 2017 
Before reading the caption I thought I was looking at the aftermath of a boiler explosion.
Posted by Jackson Van Ness on July 27, 2017 
Supposedly Metra would have preferred to sell the engine, but they were court-ordered to scrap it. Sad.
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