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Weekly Highlight: ATSF Steam Locomotive No. 3415
Dickinson County, Kansas

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The ATSF Steam Locomotive #3415 is a Class 3400 Pacific-type passenger engine built by Baldwin
Locomotive Works in 1919. It was operated by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) Railroad for 34 years and was donated to the City of Abilene in 1955. It sat in Eisenhower Park until 1996 when it was removed from the park for restoration. The locomotive is now situated on an abandoned segment of the Rock Island Railroad track that is used by the Abilene-Smoky Valley Railroad, a not-for-profit organization that operates a railroad museum and excursion train. When not in use, the locomotive is stored in the engine house at 411 South Elm Street in Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas.

Locomotive #3415 is a Pacific-type 4-6-2 passenger engine built in 1919. The 4-6-2 designation refers to the engine's wheel arrangement - the first number notes the number of leading wheels, the second number notes the number of driver wheels, and the third number notes the number of trailing wheels. It is one of only three 4-6-2 3400 class Pacific type steam locomotives remaining in Kansas, and the only member of the class that is operational.

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