|Ex-GB&W C-424 #313 has fresh coat of paint on the Minnesota
GB&W locomotive #313 was traded to the Minnesota
Commercial Railway in 1993 and has been working on that railroad ever
since. In September 2008 the MNNR gave #313 a fresh coat of paint,
but kept several distinctive GB&W visual traits including the white
checkerboard pattern on the black side sills.
That is MNNR engineer and GB&WHS
member Adam Clussman at the throttle of #313 in Midway Yard. Adam
grew up in Wisconsin Rapids and had the GB&W mainline near the
backyard of his house. Adam got attached to the big red Alcos by the time
he knew how to ride a bike, and he befriended GB&W engineer Frank
Fitzgerald and other employees. He was hired by the MNNR in 2004 and
qualified as an engineer in 2006 - due in part to the inspiration Frank
Fitzgerald an other employees gave him as a child. Now he's operating the
same locomotives they ran!
That's slug T1 behind the #313. It is usually found with the #313, and
is nicknamed "Sluggo." It was originally Baltimore & Ohio
#901, a Baldwin
AS-16 road switcher.