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Date: 12/11/04 19:11
Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

While scanning some Rock Island slides tonight, I ran across several shots of a cotton Belt SD45 that was visiting the Rock Island's El Reno Yard in June 1971.

Being a major SP fan, I took several shots of the 8966.

This picture shows SSW 8966 being moved from the Ready Shed to the east end of the Diesel Shop. This is a repost, I think.

Yardclerk






Date: 12/11/04 19:12
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

As the unit passed, I took a detail shot of the front truck.




Date: 12/11/04 19:13
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

The long hood and radiators




Date: 12/11/04 19:14
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

The cab from the rear.

Yardclerk




Date: 12/11/04 19:18
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

The next day, Caboose SP 1821 was on the Caboose service track at El Reno Yard.

It looks like it had a fresh paint job.

Yardclerk




Date: 12/13/04 14:36
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: DFWJIM

Hello Yard,

That is one nasty looking engine service area - looks like there was a ton of diesel fuel and oil spilled on the ground over time. The EPA would have a fit if a fraction of that was spilled today!

DFWJIM



Date: 12/14/04 21:33
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: NPRY1960

wow, what's the story with that wooden RI caboose? any idea when built? looks like at least pre WW-1.



Date: 12/15/04 11:48
Re: Time for a Cotton belt Break!
Author: yardclerk

Good question!

I don't know anything about the wooden cabooses. They were just around and I never really thought about them that much.

They were primarily used on branchlines locals.

Occasionally, they would be run on mainline trains if a road caboose was not available. The rear end crews didn't like them either. They had no electricity. The Conductor had to hang his brake lantern on a nail above his desk to do his paperwork.

More than once, I have them referred to as "wooden axle S-O-Bs" by the unlucky road crew.

Yardclerk




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