Here we see No. 5450, first member of the second streamlined group of J-3a Hudsons delivered by Alco in 1938. These last five locomotives were similar to the first five, but had roller bearings on their connecting and coupling rods as well as on all axles, plus Scullin disc drivers instead of Boxpok. My father took this photo at Englewood Union Station, Chicago, on a sunny afternoon probably in 1939, around the same time as the previous photo of No. 5446. No. 5450 may be heading the famous Twentieth Century Limited.
According to information from George Elwood's Streamline Hudson Discussion, No. 5450 experienced a boiler explosion at Canastota, New York in September 1943. She was out of service for more than a year due to the World War II steel shortage, and when returned to service had lost her disc drivers and her newly assigned centipede-type tender. However, a photo of her reportedly taken at Englewood Station in 1945 shows the Scullin drivers, with the side skirting missing over the third set of drivers. No. 5450 lost her streamlining in 1945, being the first of the Dreyfuss-styled Hudsons to do so. A vignette of the locomotive, while still streamlined, at this same location appears in the Herron video The Glory Machines 3, and she also appears in the now hard-to-find Chicory Productions The Century of the New York Central, Part I. Retirement came in 1955.
In 1939 artist Charles Sheeler created a painting entitled Rolling Power as part of a series of paintings published in Fortune magazine to celebrate American industry. The painting depicts the right trailing pilot truck wheel and first two drivers of No. 5450, with the cylinder and valve gear linkage. The oil-on-canvas painting is owned by the Smith College Museum of Art.