Locomotive #2404 was one of six ex-AT&SF/LS&I RSD-15
"Alligators" which wound up on the Green Bay & Western in the last
The RSD15's were acquired from the Lake Superior & Ishpeming in 1989 (or
perhaps LASCO -- LS&I's leasing company) by Itel Corporation for use
on the Green Bay & Western's sister road, the Fox
River Valley Railroad. The locos were originally Atchison, Topeka &
Santa Fe units built in 1959 and 1960. They ran to Chicago a few
times but did not run long on the GB&W. During the Canadian Indian Crisis
when American Indians blocked rail lines in Canada there was increased traffic
on rail lines in the northern United States and these engines made extra trips
at that time.
The Chicago & North Western banned them
from trackage rights on the C&NW after they broke down and blocked trains,
but many people at the time wrote that off to C&NW
harassment of the FRV, which was created from
rail lines spun off by the C&NW.
By the early 1990's the six locomotives were stored at GB&W's Norwood
Yard in Green Bay. One can imagine that they were pretty well worn out after
years of hauling iron ore drags on the LS&I. One by one, they were
scrapped. The final one -- #2403 -- was dismantled in March 1996.
The picture below shows one of the last RSD-15's in the Wisconsin
Central's North Green Bay Yard in 1992.
A special thanks goes out to Rich Carlson, Michael Kehoe, and Steve Sillato
for the background information on the GB&W RSD-15's locomotives, and
Bob Schoneman for sharing this photo.
Notice: This image is owned by Bob Schoneman
and may not be reproduced without permission.