Precision National RS-27 #901 was soon to be repainted and renumbered
as Green Bay & Western #318.
PNC #901 after being repainted as GBW #318, taken in June,
This locomotive was one of four purchased by the Chicago & North
Western in 1962. Two others of this set became GBW locomotives in
the late 1960s, while this unit was purchased by Precision National and
leased for several years before it too joined the GBW roster in 1976.
Fran Wiener captured PNC #901 at the Soo Line's Shops Yard in North Fond du
Lac, Wis in May 1976 as the the locomotive was en route to the Green Bay
& Western. After some testing and minor shop work in GBW's Norwood Yard upon
arrival (the addition of a new air horn, an all-weather window, and
conversion to the GBW's 21-pin multiple-unit connection are the
most obvious changes), the loco went
directly to the paint shop. There is no record of it ever going over
the road while still in black paint.