Illinois Adventure #1201 “Mendota Union Depot Railroad Museum”
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Illinois Adventure #1201 “Mendota Union Depot Railroad Museum”

August 24, 2019


BACK IN 1850’S IN THE
TOWN OF MENDOTA, THREE RAILROADS BUT FIRST BACK IN 1850’S IN THE
TOWN OF MENDOTA, THREE RAILROADS
CONVERGED. TOWN OF MENDOTA, THREE RAILROADS
CONVERGED.
ITS HISTORY IS PRESERVED IN CONVERGED.
ITS HISTORY IS PRESERVED IN
LARGE AND SMALL SCALES. ITS HISTORY IS PRESERVED IN
LARGE AND SMALL SCALES.
>>IT WAS A MAJOR INTERCHANGE LARGE AND SMALL SCALES.
>>IT WAS A MAJOR INTERCHANGE
POINT FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGER.>>IT WAS A MAJOR INTERCHANGE
POINT FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGER.
YOU COULD GO FROM PASSENGERS, POINT FOR FREIGHT AND PASSENGER.
YOU COULD GO FROM PASSENGERS,
WHO COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE YOU COULD GO FROM PASSENGERS,
WHO COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE
COUNTRY FROM HERE. WHO COULD GO ANYWHERE IN THE
COUNTRY FROM HERE.
YOU TAKE A TRAIN FROM CHICAGO, COUNTRY FROM HERE.
YOU TAKE A TRAIN FROM CHICAGO,
AND YOU COME HERE, AND GO SOUTH YOU TAKE A TRAIN FROM CHICAGO,
AND YOU COME HERE, AND GO SOUTH
TO NEW ORLEANS OR GO WEST. AND YOU COME HERE, AND GO SOUTH
TO NEW ORLEANS OR GO WEST.
IT WAS THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST TO NEW ORLEANS OR GO WEST.
IT WAS THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST
ALSO. IT WAS THE GATEWAY TO THE WEST
ALSO.
>>BY 1942, THE BUILDING HAD ALSO.
>>BY 1942, THE BUILDING HAD
BECOME IN SUCH BAD REPAIR THAT>>BY 1942, THE BUILDING HAD
BECOME IN SUCH BAD REPAIR THAT
THE THEY DECIDED TO TEAR DOWN BECOME IN SUCH BAD REPAIR THAT
THE THEY DECIDED TO TEAR DOWN
THE SOUTH PORTION OF THE THE THEY DECIDED TO TEAR DOWN
THE SOUTH PORTION OF THE
BUILDING, AND IT IS — THIS IS THE SOUTH PORTION OF THE
BUILDING, AND IT IS — THIS IS
ONLY LIKE A THIRD OF WHAT THE BUILDING, AND IT IS — THIS IS
ONLY LIKE A THIRD OF WHAT THE
BUILDING WAS. ONLY LIKE A THIRD OF WHAT THE
BUILDING WAS.
I MEAN IT WAS A LARGE, LARGE — BUILDING WAS.
I MEAN IT WAS A LARGE, LARGE —
TWO STORY — THREE STORY I MEAN IT WAS A LARGE, LARGE —
TWO STORY — THREE STORY
BUILDING. TWO STORY — THREE STORY
BUILDING.
>>THIS IS A REPLICA OF MEN DA
MENDOTA, THE WAY IT USED TO BE
IN THE 30’S AND 40’S. MENDOTA, THE WAY IT USED TO BE
IN THE 30’S AND 40’S.
THIS WAS BUILT — IT TOOK ME IN THE 30’S AND 40’S.
THIS WAS BUILT — IT TOOK ME
THREE YEARS TO BUILD THIS. THIS WAS BUILT — IT TOOK ME
THREE YEARS TO BUILD THIS.
I BUILT IT FROM EIGHT BY TEN THREE YEARS TO BUILD THIS.
I BUILT IT FROM EIGHT BY TEN
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS. I BUILT IT FROM EIGHT BY TEN
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS.
THE TRACK IS LAID ORIGINALLY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS.
THE TRACK IS LAID ORIGINALLY
JUST THE WAY IT USED TO COME IN THE TRACK IS LAID ORIGINALLY
JUST THE WAY IT USED TO COME IN
AND OUT OF THE TOWN, AND I AM JUST THE WAY IT USED TO COME IN
AND OUT OF THE TOWN, AND I AM
DE PICKING THREE RAILROADS THAT AND OUT OF THE TOWN, AND I AM
DE PICKING THREE RAILROADS THAT
USED TO COME THROUGH MENDOTA, DE PICKING THREE RAILROADS THAT
USED TO COME THROUGH MENDOTA,
ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD, USED TO COME THROUGH MENDOTA,
ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD,
CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE AND SAINT ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD,
CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE AND SAINT
PAUL, AND PACIFIC RAILROAD, CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE AND SAINT
PAUL, AND PACIFIC RAILROAD,
ACTUALLY CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE, AND PAUL, AND PACIFIC RAILROAD,
ACTUALLY CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE, AND
SAINT PAUL, THAT WAS THE ACTUALLY CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE, AND
SAINT PAUL, THAT WAS THE
MILWAUKEE ONE, AND CHICAGO SAINT PAUL, THAT WAS THE
MILWAUKEE ONE, AND CHICAGO
BURLING TON, QUINCY RAILROAD, AS MILWAUKEE ONE, AND CHICAGO
BURLING TON, QUINCY RAILROAD, AS
DEPICTED HERE. BURLING TON, QUINCY RAILROAD, AS
DEPICTED HERE.
INSTEAD OF GOING UNDER AND OVER, DEPICTED HERE.
INSTEAD OF GOING UNDER AND OVER,
THEY WOULD CROSS HERE AT THE INSTEAD OF GOING UNDER AND OVER,
THEY WOULD CROSS HERE AT THE
DIAMOND. THEY WOULD CROSS HERE AT THE
DIAMOND.
WHAT IS UNUSUAL IS TO HAVE FOUR DIAMOND.
WHAT IS UNUSUAL IS TO HAVE FOUR
LIKE THAT TOGETHER. WHAT IS UNUSUAL IS TO HAVE FOUR
LIKE THAT TOGETHER.
ALL OAF THE COUNTRY, THEY WOULD LIKE THAT TOGETHER.
ALL OAF THE COUNTRY, THEY WOULD
HAVE TWO OR MAYBE ONE, ONE OR ALL OAF THE COUNTRY, THEY WOULD
HAVE TWO OR MAYBE ONE, ONE OR
TWO DIAMONDS, BUT NOT FOUR LIKE HAVE TWO OR MAYBE ONE, ONE OR
TWO DIAMONDS, BUT NOT FOUR LIKE
THIS. THEN IN THE OUTER ROOM WHICH
USED TO GO A BAGGAGE PORCH IS
NOW ENCLOSED IN GLASS WINDOWS, USED TO GO A BAGGAGE PORCH IS
NOW ENCLOSED IN GLASS WINDOWS,
WE HAVE KIND OF THE LABOR AREA, NOW ENCLOSED IN GLASS WINDOWS,
WE HAVE KIND OF THE LABOR AREA,
THE SIGNS THAT WERE UP IN THE WE HAVE KIND OF THE LABOR AREA,
THE SIGNS THAT WERE UP IN THE
DEPOT AND ON THE RAIL, THE THE SIGNS THAT WERE UP IN THE
DEPOT AND ON THE RAIL, THE
RAILROAD CROSSING SIGNS, SWITCH DEPOT AND ON THE RAIL, THE
RAILROAD CROSSING SIGNS, SWITCH
STAND, JUST BAGGAGE CARTS, RAILROAD CROSSING SIGNS, SWITCH
STAND, JUST BAGGAGE CARTS,
LUGGAGE, JUST DIFFERENT THINGS STAND, JUST BAGGAGE CARTS,
LUGGAGE, JUST DIFFERENT THINGS
LIKE THAT, THAT WE WANT LUGGAGE, JUST DIFFERENT THINGS
LIKE THAT, THAT WE WANT
EVERYBODY TO KNOW, RAILROADING LIKE THAT, THAT WE WANT
EVERYBODY TO KNOW, RAILROADING
IS NOT ALL PASSENGER. EVERYBODY TO KNOW, RAILROADING
IS NOT ALL PASSENGER.
WE DO HAVE HARD LABOR GOING ON, IS NOT ALL PASSENGER.
WE DO HAVE HARD LABOR GOING ON,
AND MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF WE DO HAVE HARD LABOR GOING ON,
AND MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF
LABOR. WE HAVE ON DISPLAY IN AND MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF
LABOR. WE HAVE ON DISPLAY IN
OUR MUSEUM SOMETHING CALLED LABOR. WE HAVE ON DISPLAY IN
OUR MUSEUM SOMETHING CALLED
SONO-RAIL TO DETECT CRACKS IN OUR MUSEUM SOMETHING CALLED
SONO-RAIL TO DETECT CRACKS IN
THE TRACKS. .
>>THE CB AND Q LOCOMOTIVE WE
HAVE OUTSIDE WAS BUILT IN 1923.>>THE CB AND Q LOCOMOTIVE WE
HAVE OUTSIDE WAS BUILT IN 1923.
THAT LOCOMOTIVE WAS BASICALLY HAVE OUTSIDE WAS BUILT IN 1923.
THAT LOCOMOTIVE WAS BASICALLY
USED IN FREIGHT SERVICE, AND IT THAT LOCOMOTIVE WAS BASICALLY
USED IN FREIGHT SERVICE, AND IT
DID RUN THROUGH HERE BACK IN ITS USED IN FREIGHT SERVICE, AND IT
DID RUN THROUGH HERE BACK IN ITS
HEY DAY, AND THE WEIGH CAR AND DID RUN THROUGH HERE BACK IN ITS
HEY DAY, AND THE WEIGH CAR AND
CABOOSE ATTACHED TO IT WAS BUILT HEY DAY, AND THE WEIGH CAR AND
CABOOSE ATTACHED TO IT WAS BUILT
IN 1911. CABOOSE ATTACHED TO IT WAS BUILT
IN 1911.
TO HAVE WOODEN TRUCKS OR THE IN 1911.
TO HAVE WOODEN TRUCKS OR THE
WHEEL SETS, THAT’S CALLED TO HAVE WOODEN TRUCKS OR THE
WHEEL SETS, THAT’S CALLED
TRUCKS, IS VERY FRAGILE, AND THE WHEEL SETS, THAT’S CALLED
TRUCKS, IS VERY FRAGILE, AND THE
WOOD WEARS OUT OVER TIME. TRUCKS, IS VERY FRAGILE, AND THE
WOOD WEARS OUT OVER TIME.
IT IS VERY RARE TO HAVE A WOODEN WOOD WEARS OUT OVER TIME.
IT IS VERY RARE TO HAVE A WOODEN
CABOOSE. IT IS VERY RARE TO HAVE A WOODEN
CABOOSE.
>>BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY CABOOSE.
>>BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY
RAILROADS CROMING THROUGH>>BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY
RAILROADS CROMING THROUGH
MENDOTA, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE RAILROADS CROMING THROUGH
MENDOTA, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE
ABLE TO REPRESENT EACH ONE OF MENDOTA, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE
ABLE TO REPRESENT EACH ONE OF
THEM. ABLE TO REPRESENT EACH ONE OF
THEM.
WE HAVE VERY FEW PIECES, VERY THEM.
WE HAVE VERY FEW PIECES, VERY
FEW PIECES FROM THE MILWAUKEE. WE HAVE VERY FEW PIECES, VERY
FEW PIECES FROM THE MILWAUKEE.
WE DO HAVE A FEW ITEMS FROM THE FEW PIECES FROM THE MILWAUKEE.
WE DO HAVE A FEW ITEMS FROM THE
IC, AND OUR MULTITUDE FROM THE WE DO HAVE A FEW ITEMS FROM THE
IC, AND OUR MULTITUDE FROM THE
PEOPLE ARE FROM THE Q. IC, AND OUR MULTITUDE FROM THE
PEOPLE ARE FROM THE Q.
>>IN 1939, THE FAMOUS PEOPLE ARE FROM THE Q.
>>IN 1939, THE FAMOUS
ILLINOIS — ZEPHYR RUN CAME>>IN 1939, THE FAMOUS
ILLINOIS — ZEPHYR RUN CAME
THROUGH HERE FROM DENVER, ILLINOIS — ZEPHYR RUN CAME
THROUGH HERE FROM DENVER,
WORLD’S RECORD RUN. WE ARE IN THE 1940’S TELEGRAPH
OFFICE.
YOU WILL NOTICE THE DESK TOP HAS OFFICE.
YOU WILL NOTICE THE DESK TOP HAS
BEEN CUT OUT BECAUSE USUALLY THE YOU WILL NOTICE THE DESK TOP HAS
BEEN CUT OUT BECAUSE USUALLY THE
OPERATOR HAD TO LEAN FORWARD OUT BEEN CUT OUT BECAUSE USUALLY THE
OPERATOR HAD TO LEAN FORWARD OUT
OF A WINDOW WHICH WE DON’T HAVE OPERATOR HAD TO LEAN FORWARD OUT
OF A WINDOW WHICH WE DON’T HAVE
TO SEE THE TRAIN TRACKS. OF A WINDOW WHICH WE DON’T HAVE
TO SEE THE TRAIN TRACKS.
>>THIS WAS A RAILROAD TOWN. TO SEE THE TRAIN TRACKS.
>>THIS WAS A RAILROAD TOWN.
THIS IS HOW MENDOTA GOT STARTED.>>THIS WAS A RAILROAD TOWN.
THIS IS HOW MENDOTA GOT STARTED.
LIKE MANY OTHER TOWNS, BUT THE THIS IS HOW MENDOTA GOT STARTED.
LIKE MANY OTHER TOWNS, BUT THE
UNIQUENES ABOUT MENDOTA, ALL LIKE MANY OTHER TOWNS, BUT THE
UNIQUENES ABOUT MENDOTA, ALL
THREE CONVERGELED HERE RIGHT AT UNIQUENES ABOUT MENDOTA, ALL
THREE CONVERGELED HERE RIGHT AT
THE HEART OF THE TOWN. THREE CONVERGELED HERE RIGHT AT
THE HEART OF THE TOWN.
THIS WAS THE BEGINNING. IT IS VERY APPROPRIATE THAT
MENDOTA COMES FROM AN INDIAN
TERM WHICH MEANS CROSSING OF THE MENDOTA COMES FROM AN INDIAN
TERM WHICH MEANS CROSSING OF THE
PATH. TERM WHICH MEANS CROSSING OF THE
PATH. TO REACH THE UNION DEPOT
RAILROAD MUSEUM IN MENDOTA, CALL
(815)538-3800.

3 Comments

  • Reply Crusader1815 November 11, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    The record setting Pioneer Zephyr run was in 1934, not 1939.

  • Reply MICHAEL GLASS February 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Loooooooove your video.

  • Reply Ellery Parsons June 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Love the trackwork and the table also the story.

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