The railroad known as Chicago Burlington & Quincy (CBQ) ran smack dab through the center of my little hometown west of Chicago, 3 mainline tracks, count on a train on average every 15 minutes. Source of great interest to me as a kid, since my Dad, being a Tool & Die Maker, greatly appreciated the effort which went into building those enormous locomotives. There was still plenty of Steam activity still, when I was about 8 or so, 1950-ish. Sunday afternoon we three, my Mother included, parked along the tracks in Riverside, right by the favorite hometown ice cream store, Frejlach's, family owned several generations. We of course indulged ion wonderful goodies, awaiting trains! In high school, probably Junior year, (I already drove a car), I once spent several weekend afternoons parked facing the tracks, alone, reading Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle", a book describing turn of the century conditions for a Lithuanian immigrant family living in Chicago and working in the infamous Stock Yards. The book was assigned reading in English class, I got my "A", did not fail English until Senior Year, story for another time, black time that year was, except........my good friend asked me to go along with him on a steam excursion being run especially for the Illini Rail Fans Club, from Chicago to Galesburg, Illinois, downstate, and back. My Mother thought it a great idea, Ron bought tickets, and we parked at my favorite vantage point in Berwyn to await arrival of the train from Cicero, next burb east. I have a picture taken from a book I purchased many years later, "Locomotives of the Burlington", showing that excursion highballing through the countryside somewhere. Hopefully the caption will be legible, as it's description is important. TWO engines pulled the train! 6315 the front one, was a huge 2-10-4 Texas locomotive, followed by 5632, a smaller 4-8-4 Northern, which became my favorite. Note the date, if legible, it was Sunday, Sept. 6, 1959. Now, how big was a "smaller" engine? Below my friend Charlie from Chicago and I are captured by my wife standing beside the 4-8-4 Santa Fe Northern locomotive preserved in Kingman, AZ. I'm the shorter, older one; Charlie was born 5 days after I was, same hospital. In the first pic, above, careful scrutiny will show the first car behind 5632's tender has big doors, two of them, wide open. It was an old Railway Express Agency baggage car, with 2X6s nailed across the open doors, ridden in standing up by the more adventurous railfans. I was IN that car when the picture was taken! Below, another of 5632 alone, doing it's more usual passenger service work, probably taken some years earlier. Near Zearing, Illinois, the lead engine broke down. Everyone clambered out, at least a hundred of us, maybe more. I saw the trouble right away, walking beside the lead engine, #6315, one of her Eccentric Rods had broken in two, ends hanging there uselessly. The rod was an I-beam, steel, about the thickness of my forearm! Below, a pic of a valvegear, the Eccentric rod is the slender horizontal one above the big main Connecting Rod. Now, something is interfering here, and my keystrokes are going down about one letter every 5 seconds; has happened before. Don't know if I should post now, then come back, or wait awhile risking complete loss.