Mike Condren Photos
Southern Pacific

These Cotton Belt units were are on a train about to enter their yard in East St. Louis, IL on May 1, 1965.

This ALCo "aligator" is seen in the service tracks of the shops at the Pine Bluff, AR hump yard in Sept. 1961. These units were called "aligators" because of the long, low nose of these units. In our guided tour, we were told of a problem with this long nose. It was light in weight and had a tendency to bounce up and down under heavy load. As a result they were adding blocks of concrete to the nose to increase the weight and increase the adhesion of the front truck.

Hard hats and steel toed shoes required.
Watch your step.

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