RS-2 GBW #304 rests in the Wisconsin Rapids sunshine on October 18,
The photo shows the loco during its last days on the Green Bay Route. By
this time the fleet of four RS-2's were over twenty-five years old, and a narrow
tread width had relegated the units to yard service --only seeing the mainline for
their monthly trip to Norwood Shops in Green Bay for service. The
bright white vertical stripes on the side of the long hood are new paper filters
over the air intakes.
Although the GB&W's RS-3 fleet were upgraded with new engines and chopped
noses in the 1970's, for the RS-2 it was a different story. The internal
configuration of the locomotive made replacing Alco's temperamental 244-series
engine with a 251- impossible. By January 1978 all the RS-2's had been either
sold or scrapped. GBW #304 was sold to Michigan Northern in 1976, where it
worked as #1501.
A thanks goes out to Bob Schoneman
for sharing this photo.
Other GBW #304 images
Collection of Bob Schoneman /
Scott Janz reserve