Before and after my meetings last Thursday and Friday at Missouri S&T, and before the Springfield OMRA meet on Saturday, I spent some time in Rolla and Newburg visiting some of my longtime favorite Frisco places. The first was, of course, SLSF 1501 - the second of Frisco's famed 4-8-2 Mountain locomotives, which rests on display along the Frisco/BNSF main on the north side of Rolla. As I recall, 1501 was put on display there in 1956.
Even though she is under roof, is sort of protected, and does receive some care, she is obviously suffering. Her bell and class lights were stolen in the mid-1960's and she has looked bald and forlorn to me ever since. In her full glory, 1501 was one of the best looking 1500's in my opinion - I always liked the look of the wide smokebox door. Coupled behind her is an old coach, and there is a tool shed there with a nice 1501 logo on it.
Following are half of the pics which will give you a good idea of her condition and show some of the problems. I'll post the remaining half in the next posting. Over the next several days, I'll also post some more Rolla pics and my Newburg pics.