Meet the latest addition to the IC's locomotive fleet. Nicknamed "Little Obie" , IC 1914 stands 5 1/2 tall and weighs about 4,000 pounds. "Little Obie" is actually a John Deere 'Gator' all-terrain vehicle regularly used in the IC shops at Memphis, but fitted with a special shell.
"Little Obie" comes complete with it's own intermodal trailer on flatcar which is actually a trailer used to transport the engine to and from events. The trailer can be used as a float on which children can ride during parades.
Recently added to the train was a brand new red caboose sporting the Illinois Central logo on one side and the Chicago Central logo on the other. Both side also feature the Operation Lifesaver logo.
Among other events, IC 1914 has been featured in the Centralia, Il's Halloween parade, Southhaven, Ms.' Christmas parade and Beecher, Il's Fourth of July parade, where these pictures were taken. Watch for "Little Obie" at special events up and down the railroad.