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GP7 541

GP7 541 on a local freight near Tulsa, Oklahoma in February 1970 (Al Chione)
GP7 541

GP7 541 on a local freight at Altamont, Kansas in February 1970 (Al Chione).

This train is eastbound on the Carthage Subdivision. It is six-tenths of a mile east of the station. Due to the low morning sun angle, this is most likely the eastward Carthage Sub local, scheduled third class Train Number 5410. Per Time Table Number 1, dated October 17, 1971, the scheduled time for the train at this station is 6:40 AM.

The city water tower in the distance is located on Wells Avenue at 7th Street. To the right of the locomotive’s pilot the blond building with the smoke stack in the distance is the southwest most building on the campus of the Labette County High School. This school is located on the northeast corner of High School Avenue and 7th Street.

The train is just west of the grade crossing with Ness Road/County Road 313.

The view is looking northwest.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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GP7 570 and GP35s 708, 718 and 702

GP7 570 and GP35s 708, 718 and 702 (location unknown) in October 1965
GP7 570 and GP35s 708, 718 and 702

GP7 570 and GP35s 708, 718 and 702 at Springfield, Missouri in October 1965.

This is at the east end of the Springfield Kansas Avenue Yard. The locomotives are sitting on the diesel pocket track east of the Springfield Diesel Shop (out of image to the right).

The track in front of (below) the locomotives is the lead track to the West Shops area, Benwood Yard and Clinton Subdivision (The High Line). The tracks behind the locomotives include east end diesel shop access, engine service tracks facility and yard leads.

Near the horizon line, above the locomotives, from left to right are the following significant or signature items:

  • Springfield Stockyards (above the first three locomotives).
  • Frisco’s Research and Testing Laboratory (above the cabs of the third and fourth locomotives).
  • Frisco’s Cafe’ and Crew Dormitory Rest Facility (above rear of fourth locomotive).
  • Frisco’s Springfield Kansas Avenue Yard and Terminal Superintendent’s Offices (between fourth and fifth locomotives).
  • Frisco’s locomotive service tracks fixed sand towers (above fifth locomotive).

This shot was taken before the construction of the movable sand gantry, covered service tracks building and overpass bridge for Kansas Avenue. It is also before the “tower” was added to the northeast corner of the yard office building.

The photograph was taken from very near the intersection of West Chase Street and North Newton Avenue and the view is looking southwest.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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