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Last Saturday, MRL dispatched wrecker #100256 to Lothrop to assist in changing out a seized traction motor for a dummy axle on MRL 4308, which was on the gas local at the time the #3 TM seized. The wrecker was originally built as steam-powered in Oct. '45 for the NP, but was converted to diesel power in the 1960s. It is normally stationed near the Missoula carshop.
Why, yes they did, Mr. Birkholz! How have you been lately? Long time no see. The first shot is the seized TM on a special flatcar equipped to move such material. The second shot shows the dummy axle in place for the 4308 to be lowered onto it.
Here are some new shots of MRL 100256 from last Friday, Feb. 3 at the Missoula carshop. MRL recently sold their Jordan spreader, MRL 100001, to a shortline in Minn. To avoid the speed restrictions from moving it on its own wheels, they used the wrecker and a Lorain rubber-tired crane to load it onto a BNSF flat.
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