AT&SF switcher #2301 - Temple, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 31° 05.723 W 097° 20.710
14R E 657833 N 3441349
Quick Description: Manufacturer: ALCO/Westinghouse Built: 1937
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/29/2021 5:33:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM14AD8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
Views: 2

Long Description:

"After being retired from active Santa Fe service in October 1964, #2301 was sold to Palo Duro Grain. By 1970, #2301 was working for Tulia Grain at Tulia, TX, located north of Plainview, TX on the ATSF line from Lubbock to Amarillo, TX.

The locomotive was still in use in 1970, and was still painted in its zebra stripe paint scheme, however all AT&SF markings were painted out. The engine was a favorite of the plant foreman who knew the unit was a good runner.

By 1992, the locomotive was in sad repair, and was pushed out to rust away in the weeds of the Texas prarie; her duties taken over by an EMD switcher.

All was not lost for #2301. The good folks at the Railroad & Pioneer Museum rescued the little locomotive and cosmetically restored her to full ATSF paint. The Museum had originally planned to make her operational, however the undertaking proved cost-prohibitive.

Today, Santa Fe HH600, #2301 is the oldest known surviving ATSF diesel in existance, and is a near duplicate of Santa Fe's very first diesel locomotive, #2300.

Locomotive Type: (required): Diesel Electric

Do you need to pay an entrance fee to view this locomotive? (required): No

How accessible is this locomotive display? (Required): Only touching is allowed.

If "other" what is the engine type? (optional): Not listed

If a fee is required what is the approximate cost for admittance? (optional): Not listed

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