A sampling of industrial motive power too obscure to classify but too interesting to ignore.
fireless 0-6-0 / Elizabethton, Tn / May 1967 / collection
GE 65 ton / 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
This locomotive is the illustrious Central Lumber Company 3-foot gauge 2-6-0 stored at Quentin, Miss. (on the Mississippi Central just west of Brookhaven) probably in 1942. This loco lasted, with others, in a scrap line at Quentin until being cut up during World War II. Bill Witbeck saw them many times and photographed them with chalk lettering added to illustrate their heritage. There really was a Brookhaven & North Western RR, which I believe this loco worked for at one time, but Bill lettered the thing for a lot of other railroads, too. Not too many years ago I noted that Harold Vollrath advertised a photo of a Kentwood & Eastern 2-6-0. Not having much K&E stuff I ordered an 8x10 to see what it was, and got, a Central Lumber Co. 2-6-0 ... and you know the rest of the story.
Louis Saillard, 2011
unknown 2-4-2T / Jackson Lake, Al / Sep 1938 / collection
Lima Shay (1912) / Fenwick, WV / Aug 1960 / collection
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 US Army #3000 (above, right) 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.