Snow, Steam and Speed
A fierce December blizzard has paralyzed highway and air travel, stranding hundreds of holiday travelers. But despite the inclement weather, Milwaukee Road’s Arrow manages to keep its appointed schedule. Heading the train on its Chicago to Omaha run is a Class S-3 Northern built in July of 1944 by Alco Locomotive Works. The S-3’s were the last steam locomotives built for the Milwaukee. Wartime construction restrictions neccessitated that these Northerns borrow elements from several other railroads, resulting in a unique design. The S-3s featured roller bearings, all-weather cabs, and solid cast pilots with retractable couplers. These powerful locomotives were equally capable of lugging heavy wartime manifest freights, or rocketing passenger trains across a snowy landscape.
            © Stewart S. Buck