"This locomotive got her snout chopped in 1964. I have photos of it in
Stan Mailer's book, "The Green Bay & Western---The First 111
Years" with it still sporting its high short hood, KGB&W
subsidiary lettering, and it was a short-hood forward set up.
No one has attempted to explain why this unit was rebuilt as such an
early age, barely 8 years of age (it was built in 1956). Of all the
GB&W power I have seen, #309 here has crept into my vision thrice.
In other words, I've seen this goat more than any other GB&W
An anomaly: Note here that #309 has Alco Century pilot steps! In
another photo I have of #309 in this paint scheme, she has regular
Alco-built RS-11 Steps. No explanation has been coming about this
oddity, either. GB&W later reapplied the as-built steps (or a
reasonable facsimile thereof), probably when #309 was repainted into
The model I built of #309 is going to get a bath in stripper pretty
soon and get repainted into this. I likes it better. I may rebuild the
fuel tank at that time, as well."