We are at one of the zoo train stations at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the Milwaukee Wisconsin area. This zooalogical park, wich is located in west suburban "Brookfield Wisconsin"
is a fun and pleasant place to visit with family.
The steam locomotive seen here, is a large scale replica, of a Soo Line railroad 4-6-2 Pacific type passenger steam locomotive. This locomotive features 4 lead truck wheels -6 driving wheels -
and 2 trailing truck wheels to support the weight of the large firebox. Hence 4-6-2. These types were referred to in the steam era as "Pacifics"
and were used almost exclusively in Passenger train service. these locomotives were fast and powerful. Some railroads used them in limited freight service toward the end of the steam era in the United States and Canada.