RailPictures.Net Photo: GC 10 Untitled Alco S2 at Andover, Virginia by Ron Flanary
 
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» September, 1969
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A little native ingenuity has been employed at the Southern-Interstate shop facilities at Andover, VA this day in 1969. General Coal Alco S-2 number 10 has fried a traction motor, so the Andover shop crew has been enlisted to make repairs. With no operable drop pit available, the steam-powered derrick has been fired up and used to lift the unit so the rear truck can be extricated. This has required the removal of the front pilot steps and footboards to allow sufficient clearance. Trainmaster Bruce W. Baker (white shirt and hatless) is discussing the operation with Andover general foreman H.G.Valley (white hard hat and green work clothes). Number 10 was one of the earlier diesel-electrics on the Southern system, arriving from Alco in 1941 just weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The unit—then DS-6058—was sold to General Coal, the marketing arm of Westmoreland Coal Company, on July 6, 1966. Its normal assignment was kicking hopper loads of raw coal through the dumper of the transloader facility in nearby Appalachia. After dealing with a particularly heavy cut of coal a few days earlier, the unit’s rear GE Model 731C traction motor gave up the ghost.
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