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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

The Devil Engine

The Devil Engine

Hard to believe that in the days before email locomotive portrait photographers had their own photo-sharing network, trading pictures among each other to fill in gaps in their own negative collections. All were valuable, but unusual number combinations like this were highly prized.

Texas & Pacific Railroad Texas-type #666 is at Shreveport, Louisiana in September, 1949. T&P engine crews did in fact refer to this locomotive as "The Devil Engine". View full size.

What a beast!

I have seen 666's sister, T&P 610, located at Texas State Railroad in Palestine, Texas. These steam locomotives were huge. I don't think she will ever run again but we know she is safe and sound and protected by men and women who love and respect her!

 
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