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KGB&W #142 was one of four similar ex-New York Central 0-6-0 steam switching locomotives acquired from General Equipment Co. in 1923-25.

 These locomotives were:

Locomotive Year
Year Acquired
by GB&W
Year Scrapped
by GB&W
KGB&W #141 1905 NYC #4450
class B-56c
1925 1941.11
KGB&W #142 1902 NYC #4382
class B-55a
1925 1941.05
GB&W #143 1905 LS&MS (NYC) #4438
class B-56c
1923.12 1947.11
GB&W #144 1905 LS&MS (NYC) #4449
class B-56c
1924.07 1941.08

These locomotives were a link between the early history of the railroad, and the modern times to come.  They replaced the railroad's original 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 switch engines #1, 3, 4, 5, and 6, which were built in the 1800s.  In turn, these locomotives were retired in the 1940s after being made obsolete by the first diesel-electric locomotives on the railroad.

The view below from 1938 shows the engine after it was shopped in the 1930s and renumbered from the 40- series to the 140- series, the headlight was moved from the top of the smokebox to the smokebox door, and it received the tender from GB&W #145 including a bolted-on steel herald on the sides.

click on photo for an enlargement

John Nelson photo, 1938.08.04.
From the collection of Scott Janz.
This photo may not be reproduced without permission.

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