I kind of envy guys like Greg McDonnell, Steve Patterson, Joe McMillan and Blair Kooistra who were in places where they could continue to photograph EMD F-units well into the '70s (or later). Not me, though. This is Andover, VA in the spring of 1969, and consecutively-numbered Southern Railway F7s 4197 and 4198 await calls in the "pit"--the low portion of the tiny engine facility there. Come fall, and these units and all their sisters will be gone--replaced by new GP38s. By the end of the year, you probably wouldn't see a cab unit at all at Appalachia. The L&N had 'em as well (and Southern did for a few more years), but they were elsewhere. Oh...there was still the Clinchfield, though, and if you drove to Dante, St. Paul, Speers Ferry, Kingsport or Erwin, you might catch one on the point of a train (but....maybe not).