Nickel Plate Railroad
It is currently displayed on the north end of Miller Park in Bloomington, IL. The closest entrance is off of Wood St. a bit east of Wood and Morris Ave.
Locomotive Type: Steam
Do you need to pay an entrance fee to view this locomotive? : No
How accessible is this locomotive display?: Display is behind a fence, access is limited to viewing only.
New York, Chicago & St. Louis 639 New York, Chicago & St. Louis (better known as the Nickel Plate Road) 639 is a class H-6d 2-8-2. She is displayed in Miller Park in Bloomington, Illinois, along with a Southern Pacific caboose. The engine appears to be in reasonably good shape, but the aluminum frames on the cab windows look a little strange.
Miller Park’s train
The park features a pavilion, an artificial lake, a zoo, softball fields, two war memorials, and a preserved steam locomotive, coal car and caboose from the Nickel Plate Railroad which formerly served the area. The park also includes a mini golf course, sand volleyball courts and a playground. I have seen this Engine often, It is beautiful, but it could use more support from interested rail fans?
During the warm weather of summer an outdoor theater provides productions for local people. On July 4 the park hosts a fireworks display which is launched over the lake.