Photo of the Week
February 25, 2007
Taken in 1979, here is a great old photo of the Alco 902 16,000 horsepower
diesel electric locomotive. At this point time, the Panama Railroad
was starting to go under. The 902 pictured above still had the U.S. Bicentennial
logo and colors from 1976. As stated in the January 4, 1952 issue of Panama
Canal Review, "People would turn and look when they heard the melodious
three-toned tootle. You can see the three horned whistle to the rear
of the exhaust stack. There were three of these Alco diesel electric
locomotives purchased by the Panama Railroad in 1952 (901, 902 and 903).
Delivered to the Canal Zone by way of the Panama Line ships and unloaded by
the Floating Crane Hercules, they added a much needed upgrade to the freight
and passenger service on the Panama Railroad.
recently obtained this great photo on a 35mm slide.
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