Built around 1926 by ALCO, the C & O ( Chesapeake & Ohio ) Railroad locomotive number 490 was an awesome sight with it’s sleek styling. Trimmed in stainless steel and polished aluminum this machine continues to be a work of art.
Today, C & O 490 can be found in the B & O’s (Baltimore & Ohio) Passenger Car Works shop on the grounds of the museum in Baltimore Maryland. Yes, this is a museum piece now and the fact that it now rest indoors may mean that it’s that much closer to restoration. Just two years ago it was parked out in the elements like C & O 1309.
When you enter the building, which I’ll show in a future post, this massive machine just grabs your attention. It’s a beast!
I truly hope they restore this to it’s glory days.