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GP38-2 452

GP38-2 452 (location unknown) in March 1977 (Frank Novak)
GP38-2 452

GP38-2 452 at Birmingham, Alabama in March 1977 (Frank Novak).

These locomotives are sitting at the Mechanical Department’s service tracks area at East Thomas Yard. The locomotives are parked southeast of the roundhouse that has been converted to diesel service.

Also visible in this view is GP38AC 648.

The view is looking northeast.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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NW2 258

NW2 258 (date and location unknown)
NW2 258

NW2 258 at St. Louis, Missouri (date unknown).

The photograph was taken at Lindenwood Yard. This is the Mechanical Department’s service tracks area northeast of the diesel shop. In this view is the facility’s sand tower with its distinctive northeast side two-arm branch.

There are several interesting locomotive details in this view. On top of the cab is a yellow light for identifying its location from a distance. Above the engineer’s side window is a canvas awning shade. Inside the cab the upper portion of the front arched center windows have been painted interior green as a permanent light shield visor.

Hanging on brackets under the cab is a re-rail frog. On each car body side there are modified doors with louvers to better ventilate the main generator, visible to the left of the “F” in Frisco on this side. At the front, below the radiator are an angled crossover grab iron and below it on the deck an added box for flagging supplies (flags and fuses).

The view is looking east.

Special thanks to Mark Davidson.

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