Friday, November 4, 2016

Electric Locomotives

More photos of cars in the IRM collection sent to us by Art Peterson.

All Images Copyright by the Krambles-Peterson Archive

First, a picture of our GG-1, PRR 4927, working North Jersey Coast train 1118 in Feb. 1966.  This appears to be a simplified paint scheme from the one to which it has been restored.

And next, several great color photos of our Charles City Western engine, the 300.  If anyone can provide details on where these pictures were taken, we'd appreciate it.  And unlike the GG-1, this locomotive should soon be running under its own power again.

Sept. 3, 1949  (BLS)   Behind the 300 is a wooden center-entrance car from the Atlantic Shore Line, unfortunately not preserved.  Gregg Wolfersheim says that the Oliver Tractor Works factory in Charles City is in the background of this view.

June 4, 1953  (GK)

Switching c. 1956  (WAM)

In 1964 the locomotive was renumbered to Iowa Traction #30.

Aug. 21, 1965. (THD)  While the identity of the locomotive is definite, we're not sure about  the North Shore MD car on the left.   The photographer identifies it as #31, in which case it's North Shore 216.  This car was destroyed in the same carbarn fire as the famous WCF&N observation-parlor car 100 in 1967.  But it might also be #33, North Shore 234, which is still in existence.

May, 1966  (TM)


Joshua Sutherland said...

There used to be a pic of the 4927 on the IRM equipment roster where it looked like it was in operation at IRM. Was the 4927 ever in operation there or was the pic incorrect?

Randall Hicks said...

That was trick photography. Sorry.

Joshua Sutherland said...

No worries, I was always curious about the big Locos at IRM. I'm pretty sure the 803 is operable, but has the S-Motor ever run there? I read somewhere that you guys put a south shore pantograph on it to run it off the wire, but I never heard anything else.

Anonymous said...

Photo 2: Is Charles City in the Engine House yard with the Tractor Plant in the background.

Photo 5: the silver building in the background is the Charles City Engine House/Shop.


Anonymous said...

PRR 4927 was posed on the mainline for a picture with its pantograph on the wire. It was only for a picture of the completed paint job. The pan was isolated from any wiring. And the loco did not like being towed down the west leg of the wye. The rails had to be greased in order to keep the wheels from climbing. Bill Wulfert