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A sampling of industrial motive power too peculiar to classify but too interesting to ignore.
Beaunit Mills operated numerous weaving mills across the Southeast, including a large Rayon plant in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The plant operated an industrial 0-6-0 "fireless" locomotive, taking on steam from a stationary boiler in the plant complex. #1 was known to interchange cars with the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Consolidations.
fireless 0-6-0 / Elizabethton, Tn / May 1967 / collection
GE 65 ton / Holt, Al / Oct 1960 / JCH
Holt, Al / Oct 1960 / JCH
Vulcan 0-4-0T (1923) / North Freedom, Wi / Jun 1970 / JCH
Central Illinios Public Service #6
3-foot gauge 2-6-0 / Quentin, Ms / 1942 / collection
Louis Saillard, 2011
unknown 2-4-2T / Jackson Lake, Al / Sep 1938 / collection
Lima Shay / Fenwick, WV / Aug 1960 / collection
Ely-Thomas Lumber Company #3
0-4-0T / Meridian, Ms / Nov 1950 / collection
fireless 0-4-0 / Norcross, Ga / Jul 1968 / collection
Kinder, La / May 1954 / collection
Richton, Ms / 1949 / collection
shop switcher / Atlanta, Ga / Apr 1969 / collection
GE 45 ton / Spartanburg, Sc / Nov 1984 / collection
Plymouth 10 ton / East Point, Ga / Mar 1968 / collection
GE 45 ton / Waldron, Ar / Aug 1992 / RWH
Waldron, Ar / Aug 1992 / RWH
Waldron, Ar / Aug 1992 / RWH
USATC S160 Class 2-8-0 / Ft. Eustis, Va / 1959 / collection
unknown / Silverton, Co / Jun 1959 / JCH
There's little to say on this entry because little is known about this locomotive. During a 1959 visit to the tourist railroads of Colorado, my father snapped a 120 negative of this unusual diesel-electric at Silverton. Unfortunately, the lens afforded a light leak, but the unit is so unusal -- a 36" gauge C-C switcher letter for the U.S. Army -- I had to include it here.
0-4-0T / Westwego, La / 1948 / JCH
Westwego, La / 1948 / JCH
Tea kettle #1 (below) has little significance in and of itself, strewn as it is among the rusting appliances and scrap metal of a salvage yard along the Mississippi River near New Orleans. But relative to our photo collection, the little 0-4-0 tanker is an important specimen: She's the first locomotive my father ever photographed. The story goes that not long after purchasing their first new car in 1947, dad's family decided to go for a drive and to venture across the Mississippi River on the Huey P. Long bridge -- a massive steel structure named for Louisiana's notorious governer. While following the mighty Mississippi along River Road through Westwego, Louisiana, my father -- in 1948, 15 years old -- spotted the loco in the Westwego Salvage yard. "It was the smallest locomotive I had ever seen," he later recalled. My grandfather pulled over to the side of the road and dad convinced my grandmother to let him take a few photos with the family's Kodak folding camera. Thus began a 60 year interest in railfan photography -- appropriately, I suppose, with little #1.