Mendota was a stopover point for most all Burlington
passenger trains, with the exception of the California Zepher.
The scene shows EMD E8 diesel 9977 with 2250 horsepower and is
one of over a hundred units of it's kind.
Built in 1953 the design configuration and the
chrome, the E8 was admired by many railfans. The E8s worked in
a power pool, so one day it could be on a commuter, and the next
on a long distance passenger train at Mendota. The CB&Q, Milwaukee
Road and the ICRR crossed one another at Mendota, In the background
is a street lined with stores of many wares, one of them is Phalen's
Drapery and Interiors, and a print of this scene is inside on
one of the store walls. The original watercolor is owned by a
member of the Phalen family. That's all - only one original art
and only one print was made at the time. Every year, during the
Corn Festival the print is displayed in Phalen's window.
We've received permission from the owners to make
more prints available.