Thursday, July 21, 2016

Early Boxcab Locomotive: the B-71

Our latest acquisition is this unusual early Diesel boxcab, built by Baldwin-Westinghouse in 1930.  It has been stored for many years at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in St. Paul, but now it's coming to IRM!   It has been loaded onto a flatcar there, and is waiting to be moved.  Nick sent us these pictures recently taken at Jackson Street.

This design was known as the "visibility cab" switcher, and this locomotive was a plant switcher at Armco, and was numbered B-71.  This one of two in existence; the other is at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Arden.

Here is a link to a website page with lots of great technical information on this design, and the history of this particular unit.  Of course, as usual we now have to raise the funds to pay for the move, the trackspace, and eventual restoration.  So your generous donations will be greatly appreciated.

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