Rock Island SW8 #834 resting at Little Rock, AR on a damp May day in 1975.
Union Pacific's DD40X 6938 stands guard at the front of the Jenks Locomotive Facility in North Little Rock, Arkansas
Two Alco C420 locomotives make their way across an old wooden trestle bridge alongside the Arkansas River in Little Rock
I got to spend a few months in Little Rock and found a shortline paradise even in those days. RELCO was one of the few leasers in those days. Back in the 50s, when the anthracite industry tanked... (more)
I like the d'turbo'd units. They sound better.
3063 and sister units bask in the warm December sunlight.
UPY 852 and 859 push a cut over the hump at Union Pacific's Broadway Yard in North Little Rock, Arkansas
Rare bird. Taking out the turbo may have robbed 500HP but sure helped the sound.
For a while after the demise of RI, this train went to Perry. Today's lead unit is really unusual, a newly rebuilt deturbo'd GP-35, one of five on the railroad. Sound was much improved. Hey, do... (more)
Named unit C.M. "Charlie" McClarnon, rare for this type as is the four stack feature. Less than a month left.
Caboose hop with a slightly later version of the MP
Note the access hatches for the power assemblies on the roof, part of the rebuild. Note the non-standard fuel tank as well.
Strangers in town will become well acquainted in a few years.
Check out those footboards and the cool ACI label. These had a 1200 HP 12 cylinder 12-567 engine, probably from a retired E unit.