Tuesday, November 20, 2007

"Bob Tail" at Interbay


Seattle, January 9, 1960. Looking a little awkward without a supporting booster, I found GN 310C grumbling onto the turntable at Seattle's Interbay Yard. "Bob Tail" is a common term in the trucking industry for a tractor running without a trailer.

Back in those days you could wander around these facilities without anyone paying much attention. And if you stepped OVER rails instead of upon them, they knew that you knew. And forget carrying a large flat blade screw driver. Those type of folks were the outlaws that could easily ruin everything for the rest of us.

GN had 8 of these 1600 hp units, with this particular unit being traded off, after the merger, to GE for a Uboat - a U28B.

Railroad stuff:
ALCO FA-1, 1600 HP V-12, SN: 78118, built 4/50. Never repainted to the Big Blue paint scheme.

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Kurt Clark said...

Awesome old Alcos! I'm surprised this one isn't wearing SP&S paint.

Dan said...

Nice catch. Glad it was never painted BSB.

Around 1993 I had, with permission, free run of the Interbay roundhouse on a Sunday. The power was not as interesting as the FA, but there were a few GP9s hanging around.

Dan said...

Nice catch. Glad it was never painted BSB.

Around 1993 I had, with permission, free run of the Interbay roundhouse on a Sunday. The power was not as interesting as the FA, but there were a few GP9s hanging around.

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