ASAB only had two of this model built for them but used ones would come later. The chop job on the nose appears far better at letting the merciless Florida sun in than letting the engineer see ou... (more)
These had a certain charm and many flaws apparently.
I think this was the EB Southwest Limited.
How many of us took operations like this for granted? This is a big gutsy monster of a center-cab and it has truck mounted couplers just like Tyco.
Just another days work at the time and a precious membory now. This set of units was switching the yard. Thanks to Ryan Ballard for the tour.
Looking at the numbers of this model sold will show that these were the steam switcher killers.
Uncle Pete never did become enamored of the 45s but they did look and sound nice, when you could catch one in that sea of 40s.
The snoots added a little variety to arguably the best locomotive of the 20th Century.
Remember the days when you'd say perfectly ridiculous things like "Oh crap, just another SD-40-2". Those days are going away.
Remember back in the day when you'd say perfectly ridiculous things like "Wow, a GE!"
I believe this was the the highest numbered one, if you don't count the ex-EMD demo 875, which also liked to hang out on this local train in its latter days.
These seem to be on their way to "honorary steam locomotive" status.
Those tanks make the look.
They really had some variety in the little geeps.
Eastbound, I think. This a great consist typifying operations at the time. Nice low sun angle and light.