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Mechanic inspecting what looks like the lubricating mechanism on the American Freedom Train's X-RDG 2101 (4-8-4). Train came down over the CV from Montpelier Junction and over the B&M with no Diesel helpers. On trip west on the B&A ran with two 6-axle helpers on head end.

Photographed by Bruce Nelson, April 19, 1975.
Added to the photo archive by Bruce Nelson, May 13, 2023.
Railroad: Boston & Maine.

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Terrific photo! DId B&M route this run via Concord from White River Junction or via E Deerfield? After witnessing 2102 climb west out of Nesquehoning PA on RBM&N excursion pulling an 18 +/- car passenger excursion last year, I'm surprised that PC felt that helpers were needed over the Berkshires. 2102 is an ear-splittingly loud locomotive when working hard!

Posted by John Barlow on 2023-05-15 08:29:05

Train moved via Concord over the Northern. Put on quite a show climbing grade southbound from West Lebanon and Lebanon. Over tonnage B&M freights sometimes would get a push by Yard switcher which would be a S-2 or S-4.

Posted by Bruce Nelson on 2023-05-15 08:42:34

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