Engine photo with my Grandfather

Discussion in 'General' started by Mark Poley, Feb 4, 2021.

  1. Mark Poley

    Mark Poley Member

    Here is a photo I mentioned in an earlier post. We believe that my Grandfather is the second one from the left, but there was nothing written on the back to prove that. I don't know if this is a Frisco, Cotton belt or a Missouri Pacific engine as he was a fireman for all three lines. Is there enough of the engine shown to tell what it is? Thank you for the help, Mark Poley
    Leander locomotive photo.jpg
     
  2. Good that your grandfather was far from that kick-ass looking superintendant at the right end.
    Ha ha
     
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  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Looks Cotton Belt to me.
     
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  4. Mark Poley

    Mark Poley Member

    Thank you for the replies. I at first thought that it might have been taken when he worked for the Cotton Belt, but since he worked for all three lines, I wasn't sure.
    Thanks, Mark
     
  5. Mark Poley

    Mark Poley Member

    I recently received a copy of Joseph Strapac's book, Cotton Belt Locomotives, and I now believe that this engine is a Cotton Belt GO class ten wheeler. There is a photo on page 89 of engine #659, one of ten engines built by Baldwin and delivered in July 1913 numbering 650-659. To me this engine looks identical to the photo of engine #659. Grandpa was with the Cotton Belt from Dec. 5, 1910 until Oct. 12, 1914. He was promoted from engine watchman on Aug. 17, 1911 to fireman in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Sometime in 1915 or 1916 he moved to Sapulpa Oklahoma and went to work for Frisco as a fireman.
    Thanks for the replies, Mark
     
  6. Mark Poley

    Mark Poley Member

    An update on the above photo. My wife found this photo in her genealogy files. It confirms that it is #659 of the Cotton Belt. It would have been taken before Oct 12, 1914, when my grandfather left the Cotton Belt. Is the Frisco car in the background a boxcar? Thanks, Mark Cotton Belt engine 659 Leander Coburn (1024x766).jpg
     
  7. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    It's kind of amazing that what we think of as a small steam engine shows up as big as it does when people are standing next to it.

    GS
     
  8. gna

    gna Member Frisco.org Supporter

    They are a pretty big ten wheeler. 69" drivers, 22" x 28" cylinders, 33,389 lbs. of tractive effort. Very similar to Frisco 1400 class 4-6-0s.
     

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