The number at the front is in reference to the old country song, “Wreck of the Old 97,” which details the crash of an old postal train in the early 1900s.
Over the past three years, a man known as “Illinois Slim” created quite possibly the coolest way ever to smoke meat.
Slim’s son shared the impressive engineering on Reddit and explained that every part was created from scratch by his dad. Slim admits in the video that the first two years of assembly were slow going. However, just like the chicken he can now cook to perfection, it was well worth the wait.
It comes with all the essential bells…
The whistles also acts as valves to release steam pressure.
Inside, a broiler sits atop the fire box, which heats the entire train.
And here’s where the meat cooking magic happens.
All aboard for an incredible culinary experience!
You can hear Slim explain the contraption in this video: