Blue Ridge Chapter NRHS

Monochrome Steam (1955-1975)

This sampling of black and white images is from a collection of digital scans made by chapter member Ralph Hawkins from a collection of his father's 120 negatives. John Hawkins began shooting monochrome 120 film in the late 1950's. His primary interest for the next three decades was southeastern mainline and shortline motive power. Offered here is a small sampling of steam images, mostly from southeastern roads--many of them quite obscure.  Ralph has embarked on a project to make digital scans of the entire collection, likely more than a thousand in number.

Alabama Central #29 is an Alco 2-8-0 built in 1923.  She sits hot at Jasper, Alabama, in September of 1960.
July of 1950 found Alger-Sullivan Sawmill Co #100 already retired from sawmill duty and on static display at Century, Florida, in the panhandle.  A Baldwin 2-6-2, this locomotive is today under restoration by a local preservationist group.
The famous Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern was a bridge shortline in south central Mississippi, interchanging with the Illinois Central and others.  They rostered two handsome Baldwins.  Here 2-6-2 #250 rests from her labors at Beaumont, Mississippi, in September of 1959.  Note the Boy Scout poster on the pole.
Larger B&HS sister #300, a classic 2-8-2 shortline Mikado, sits hot on the ready track in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in March of 1961.
Just down the road from Knoxville, Canasauga Lumber Co #112--a husky Lima 2 truck Shay--switches the local lumber yard and sawmill at Conasauga, Tennessee.  September 1960.
Canton & Carthage #202 was an Alco 2-8-2 built in 1928.  It sits cold at Canton, Mississippi, in July of 1957.  The CCA connected its namesake Mississippi towns, as well managing a connection to the IC.
Although retired from active freight service, April of 1961 found Chattahoochee Valley #21 fired up hot for an excursion special.  A Baldwin 2-8-0 built in 1924, she was the pride of the CHV--a textile shortline along the Alabama-Georgia border and its namesake Chattahoochee river.  These days #21 is on display at the Southeastern Railway Museum in suburban Atlanta.
A 1970 summertime family trip through Wisconsin included a stop at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum.  Here John found Dardanelle & Russellville #9, a Baldwin 4-6-0 built in 1884, on static display at the North Freedom based museum.  She's a long way from her roots on the D&R, a historic Arkansas shortline.
DeBardeleben Coal Corporation was known among southeastern railfans for its hefty ex-Illinois Central switchers such as #3566, seen here busy shunting hoppers at Holt, Alabama, in October of 1960.
A trip out west in 1959 found Denver & Rio Grande Western #464 on the ready track at Durango, Colorado.  She's a Baldwin 2-8-2 Class K-27 built in 1903.

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Denver & Rio Grande Western #497, a 1928 Baldwin 2-8-2 (Class K-37) awaits the call to duty in the Durango yard. It's June of 1959 and the D&RGW still runs the line.
The afternoon sun highlights the stocky running gear of Denver & Rio Grande Western #497, another Baldwin 2-8-2 Class K-37 idle in the yard.
Sister DRGW #498 holds the end of the ready line at Durango.
East Tennessee & Western North Carolina #207 pushes back into a siding to reconnect to its excursion consist during a September 1960 special stopped at Kingsport, Tennessee.  She's a Richmond-built 2-8-0 framed up in 1904.  #207 would later be traded to the Southern Railway to become #630 for the SR steam program.
The glory days for this beauty were long over by this 1961 photo. Originally a Gulf, Mobile & Ohio high-wheeled passenger hauler, by 1960 she was reduced to lugging gondolas of gravel on a short stretch of pit trackage near Franklinton, Louisiana.  She was Green Bros Gravel Company #72, an Alco 4-6-0 framed up in 1928.
Despite its grandiose name, the Louisiana Eastern turned out to be little more than a vast collection of retired steamers fated never to run again. Still, this one-man museum had some nice exhibits, such as #2, a high-stepping Baldwin 4-4-0 dating from 1922.  This photo was taken in 1960. These days, #2 plies the tourist rails around Stone Mountain in Georgia.
Equally handsome, a 4-6-2 dubbed Louisiana Eastern #4 still sparkled in 1960.  This, despite the fact the she sat in a rust line and would eventually be scrapped.
April 1958 found Louisiana Cypress Lumber Company #3 on static display, retired from her many years of lugging lumber out of the swamps up to the IC interchange.  She's a stout little Porter 2-8-0 built in 1914, and still sits on this spot today in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.
Diminutive Mobile & Gulf #97 sits hot on the GM&O interchange run-around track at Buhl, Alabama.  Number 97 was a thin little Baldwin 2-6-0 built in 1925. September 1960 photo.  The GM&O main is in the foreground.
The Mississippian was a shortline famous for its two Baldwin 2-8-0s, both inherited from the Frisco. Here Mississippian #76 makes good time near Smithville, Mississippi.  It's August of 1966 and business is still modest for this famous little road in the northeast corner of the magnolia state.  These days, #76 is a part of the ever-growing Ohio Central stable of live steamers.
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May of 1960 found Mississippian sister #77, also a 1920 Baldwin 2-8-0, stopped during daily switching duties.  Note the outside-brace wooden Frisco boxcar in tow.  These days, #77 works in tourist service in Canada.
The end had come for Mobile River Saw Mill Co #18 by September of 1959.  She's a tidy little Baldwin 2-6-2 dating from 1920, in storage at Mt Vernon, Alabama, near Mobile.
Here's New Hope & Ivyland Railroad #1533 returning to the New Hope station with another load of Pennsylvania tourists.  Number 1533 is a Montreal-built 4-6-0 dating from 1911.  While the NH&I is still very much in business, #1533 is today sidelined awaiting major overhaul.
Berkshires in Vermont?  Nickel Plate #759 is fired up for tourist service at the original Steamtown property in Bellows Falls, Vermont.  It's August of 1971 and this famous Lima-built 2-8-4 (1944) still looks great long after its busy work on the NP mainline.  759 is still in the current Steamtown collection.
Norfolk & Western hauled many a ton with their sturdy Class M steamers dating from the turn of the last century. Restored N&W #475 was dressed up for static display at the 1960 NRHS convention in Bristol, Virginia. These days, #475 has been reborn again and plies the rails of the Strasburg Railroad in Pennsylvania.
Speaking of N&W steam, Olin Mathieson Chemical Corp #11 hailed from the Roanoke shops as a N&W 2-8-0 (1892). Later relegated to industrial service in tiny  Saltville, Virginia, she's still a crowd-pleaser in September of 1960.  Like #475 above, she was brought out for the NRHS convention in Bristol that year.
Tidy little Sumter & Choctaw #102 rests from shortline labors at Bellamy, Alabama, in May of 1960.  She's a Baldwin 2-8-2 built in 1924 and looks right at home in the deep south.
Strasburg Railroad #90, a rare Decapod, has drawn railfans to Pennsylvania Dutch country for decades.  Here she is rolling light into the Strasburg passenger depot, passing the SR's business car, in August of 1971. Baldwin 2-10-0 (1924)
The T. R. Miller Mill Company sported this handsome Baldwin 2-6-2 (1924) and rostered her as #101.  Here she sits steamed and ready for sawmill work at Brewton, Alabama, in February of 1961.
T. R. the Tank Engine?  T. R. Miller Mill Company #12, also a Baldwin product, was an unusual 2-4-2 tank steamer built in 1904.  The fires are cold in February of 1961, near Brewton, Alabama.

Twin Seams Mining Company employed a number of Shays to haul north Alabama coal up from the pits.  Certainly the stoutest was #17, a Lima Class C Shay 3 truck loco built in 1917. We're at Kellerman, Alabama, in October of 1960.

Twin Seams Mining Company #5 pulls hard on a cut of hoppers headed out of the pit for interchange.  Number 5 is Lima Class C Shay 3 truck built in 1923.  She's working at the Kellerman, Alabama, pit in 1960.
Western Coal & Coke #1 has the tourist hauling duties in June of 1970, handling the daily museum train at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum at North Freedom, Wisconsin.  Number 1 is a Montreal-built 4-6-0 brought to life in 1912. Number 1 is currently out of service being rebuilt by MCRM shop forces.
Willis Short Line Company #200 looks her age as she shuffles gravel cars at Enon, Louisiana, in October of 1961.  Built for the Texas & Pacific in 1890 by Baldwin, with steam leaks everywhere and her brakes long gone, her trip to the scarp yard is not far away.

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