Midland Valley
GP7s

MV GP7 #151 returns from switching Wortz's Biscuit, 4/4/57.
Louis A. Marre Collection

Midland Valley GP7 is seen in Muskogee, OK 10-1-1959.
Raymond Hamm Collection

Midland Valley GP-7 #151 is southbound on the Frisco crossing the Missouri Pacific at SF Jct.
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MV GP7 #151 in Ft. Smith, 7/62
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MV GP7 #151 in Ft. Smith, 3/9/63
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Remains of MV GP7 #152 following "corn field meet" with #153 at Bokoshe, OK in '58.
Contributed by H.E.Huber

Second MV #152 is seen here at Ft. Smith soon after it arrived from EMD as a replacement for the first 152 destroyed at Bokoshe, OK, 5/58.
Louis A. Marre Collection

The head brakeman on MV GP7 #152 prepares to open the gate to cross the KCS at Panama, OK, 8/60
Louis A. Marre Collection

MV GP9m #152 is one of 4 MV diesels. It is one of the replacement units for the 2 original GP7s that were destroyed in the 1958 "corn field meet" at Bokoshe, OK. The unit is rated at 1500hp due the reuse of some of the original GP7 components.
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MV GP9m #152 is seen in the Ft. Smith yard on Sept. 13, 1962.
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MV GP9m #152 heads south on the Frisco near Pheonix Ave. on Sept. 13, 1962, note the white metallic flags on the nose of the unit.
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Muskogee, OK Shopton 1961
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Ft. Smith, AR 1961
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This MV shot at Panama, OK was taken in Aug. '62 and shows the engineer, my Uncle Richard Skinner, standing at the end of the unit. Muskogee Road geeps were dual control. Note that the gate is turned against the KCS main line and the back of the joint station.
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Midland Valley #152 and #154 are on the Greenwood Branch serving Johnson #2 mine, 8/6/60. Friend Gordon Mott and I learned that summer that railroads chartered in Oklahoma had to carry passengers in their caboose. We went to the station in Ft. Smith to buy a ticket. The agent had to clear it with HQ in Muskogee. They replied that he was to allow us to ride to Panama free as it cost too much to file all the tarrif information. We actually rode the caboose to Rock Island. There we were told that they were going to a mine on the Greenwood line and we would need to ride the second engine to the mine and back to the caboose at Rock Island. We then got back onto the caboose and rode to Panama. There the crew went to lunch at a cafe that was also the bus stop so we joined them and then rode back to Ft. Smith on a bus.
Louis A. Marre Collection

Johnson #2 mine at Excelsior, AR on the Greenwood Branch was set up for empty cars to be uncoupled on an elected track on the east end of the tipple. Cars were then allowed to roll by gravity to which ever track needed.
Louis A. Marre Collection

MV # 154 & 152 are seen in Ft. Smith in the spring of 1962.
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