Discussion in 'Baldwin Locomotive Works' started by Iantha_Branch, May 26, 2009.
Did frisco really have the VO660's? or did sterwart/bowser make them just because they could?
Yes, Check the thread: http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread.php?t=664
Yes they had two and they were numbered 60 and 61.
The two Frisco VO-660's were originally numbered SLSF 600 and SLSF 601. They were delivered to the SLSF in Pensacola in 1942. Throughout their Frisco career, they struggled on their assignments as they were underpowered with only 660HP. Though the Frisco continued to order Baldwin's 1000HP VO-1000's, they did not return to Baldwin for more VO-660's.
When the Frisco began to order their EMD GP7's in 1950-1952, the two VO-660's were renumbered to SLSF 60 and 61 in order to clear up the 600-601 numbers for GP7's.
The Stewart VO-660 is a nice model.
Please see the photograph below of VO-660 in St. Louis dated 11/10/64 of unit 61.
The VO-660 units were originally numbered 600 and 601. Delivered during WWII the units were originally first painted in the Zepher Blue and White with Red lettering. When delivered they were assigned to Pensacola, FL.
The units were renumbered in June of 1951 to make room for additional EMD GP-7 units that overran the 500 series numbers. I suspect they were repainted Black and Yellow before being renumbered and would have had the "full" striping pattern. Later they would have received the "simplified" striping pattern.
Hope this helps.
. . . and here is 60 in the "full" striping. Both she and the 61 served for a period as the switchers assigned to Fayetteville/Rogers/Springdale in the period around 1960 (this shot is in Fort Smith, 2/60, where they came for their periodic inspections.
whoops -- guess if I looked a little closer I would see it was actually 61. Oh well, at this age . . . . .
Comparing my photo with Mark's excellent slide taken a year later, you will notice that the classification lights have been removed. They would have been needed during the locomotive's Central Division service in order to move between the three towns on the mainline and also, presumably, to work the Bentonville Branch, but would not have been needed for yard service in St. Louis.
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