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Ken Hulsey

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Bolton's Crown Quality Wheat Express GP9 locomotive #1005 stands at the ready to switch cars for the grain elevator in the distance. The hardy locomotive had just survived one of the severe thunder storms that are the norm for this part of northern Texas. The BCQ serves the towns of Vernon, where this photo was taken, and Harrold, Texas. #1005 can normally be seen pulling cars from nearby Electra and providing switching power to move rolling stock to and from the adjacent BNSF main line (former Frisco and Burlington Route trackage). Before joining the BCQ the GP9 belonged to the MKT.

Tower 55

Its DGNO. Not Dingo!
That unit had Kiamichi RR and Conrail heritage, but it was never with the Katy. In fact before they painted, renumbered, and re-lettered it, it was in the old Kiamichi gray with little white chevrons. When you got closer to it, you could see the Corail Quality decals under the paint.

The other unit, the red one, I forget the number, was a former Katy GP7.

Ken Hulsey

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Thanks for the heads up! I was under the impression that both Bolton unit's came from the Katy. That is the one thing I love about being a fan is learning new information! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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