Is There a Little Lost Locomotive Buried Beneath the BNSF Line in Hinsdale?
Long story short: probably not.
But its been a local legend for well over a century, that there exists in the mud between Western Springs and Hinsdale an abandoned Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad locomotive, that was buried under the tracks during the construction of the line over 150 years ago. The Western Springs Historical Society dubs it "The Little Lost Train".
1880’s era train at Stone Avenue Station. (Western Springs Historical Society)
|The new bridge will be just south of where the current bridge exists, and moved back once construction on the Tri-State is completed, and an additional storage track will be part of the final alignment.|
|Chicago Burlington & Quincy Zephyr Locomotives. c.1930 at West Hinsdale Station. (Southern Methodist University Libraries)|
Just for fun, I decided to check the Illinois Height Modernization Chart (LiDAR Data) of the area to see if anything stuck out at me. This data was from before construction progressed last year, likely 2018 or 2019.
|Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse|
That said, there have been numerous steam engines and pieces of equipment buried or submerged underwater to be discovered decades after the event, so this legend will live on. Where's Geraldo when you need him?
Thanks as always for reading!