RailPictures.Net Photo: TSR 7 Texas State Railroad Alco RS-2 at Rusk, Texas by Kevin Madore
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Texas State Railroad (more..)
Alco RS-2 (more..)
Rusk Yard (more..)
Rusk, Texas, USA (more..)
April 28, 2019
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TSR 7 (more..)
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Kevin Madore (more..)
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Hanging out with an "honorary" steam engine. Tremont & Gulf #30 sits at the depot in Rusk, Texas with her photo freight, sharing the yard with one of the Texas State Railroad's diesel-electric locos. TSR #7 is a 1947 Alco RS-2, which is a type that has a propensity to smoke profusely when the throttle is opened, and is therefore worthy of being designated an "honorary" steam locomotive. Back in their heyday, the RS-2s even carried a "fireman." The Texas State Railroad rosters a total of 8 locomotives, including 4 steamers and 4 diesels. At the moment, the only active steamer is the Tremont & Gulf #30, which normally operates as TSR #400. The next loco in line for restoration to service is a beefy 2-8-0 Consolidation which operates as TSR #300. That locomotive needs a 1,472 Service Day Inspection, but is otherwise intact and ready to go. Two other steamers, a 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler, and a 4-6-2 Pacific, which are TSR #201 and TSR #500 respectively, are both currently in pieces and represent longer term projects.
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