GBW #323 leads a short business train.
Green Bay & Western #323 was originally part of Lehigh and Hudson
River Railway's last order of Alco diesels in 1966. The L&HR
went into bankruptcy in 1972 and became a part of Conrail in 1976; the GBW
acquired the engine a few years later as Conrail sold off excess motive
power. GBW #323 was the last locomotive acquired by the Green Bay
The Trempealeau River business car was acquired in 1982.
The dome car was originally part of the Union Pacific's fleet and later
was owned by Auto-Train. It was the
Green Bay Route's last business car.
This photo, from the collection of Bob Schoneman,
shows the pair of latecomers eastbound at Hatfield, Wis. in the summer of
1982 when the GB&W ran a special excursion train for employees and
their families. They stopped the train in Hatfield for a few hours on the
main line (it looks like the crew has taken extra efforts to make sure
that they block the railroad crossing) so everyone could get off, get
refreshments, go to the Thunderbird Museum, and visit the
nearby park. Originally the business car was open for public
inspection, but in true small-railroad fashion they eventually let
everyone go through the engine cab, too.
To quote Phil O'Keefe, who
was there that day:
If they won the Harriman
safety award, it would have been quite ironic if someone got injured
while climbing up one of the ladders or touching something inside the
cab of the idling engine. I was really tempted to blow that wonderful
GB&W horn, but I figured that would be looking a gift horse in the