|Green Bay & Western's Alco C-424 #314 and C-430 #315 leads a train
out of Winona's Bridge Yard in the summer of 1972.
These two locomotives provided a combined fifty-four hundred
horsepower to haul the train on its eastbound journey across central
Wisconsin. The first order of business was to tackle the steep
grade up to the Mississippi River bridge, as shown in this photo.
(This track is still in place and used, but now trees block this view of
the old GBW right of way.)
It's the summer of 1972 and the Green Bay & Western's program to
repaint their locomotives in the all-red paint scheme is in progress, as
evidenced by the different paint jobs on these two locomotives.
GBW #314 was freshly painted in
June 1972, while #315 would be
one of the last locos to visit the paint shop in April 1973.
Deb Fifield is modeling
the Winona area, including GB&W operations, on her HO scale Hiawatha
Lines. Watch for more of her 1960-70s photos to appear
on this web site.