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BL2 and Slug

WM BL2 #81 and S1-slug #138T
Exterior, three-quarters view showing Western Maryland diesel locomotive #81, an EMD BL2, “slug” #138T, and Chessie System caboose at Hagerstown, Maryland on October 27, 1973. EMD designed the BL2 locomotive for branch line service (hence the “BL” designation), but it was soon supplanted by the far more popular GP-series. WM soon relegated its BL2s to working in and around freight yards. #81 is paired with “slug” #138T, a unit without a diesel engine and powered by the “mother” unit to provide extra tractive effort in slow-speed service. Both units still wear WM black and gold, although the WM was already a part of the Chessie System Railroads, whose new colors can be seen on the caboose at left.
Alternate Title Western Maryland Diesel Locomotive #81 (editor’s title)
Source Richard Neumiller, Peoria, Illinois
Coverage Spatial, Hagerstown, Maryland; Temporal, October 27, 1973
Rights Richard Neumiller
Date Created 1973-10-27
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Hagerstown, Maryland
Equipment, Locomotive BL2 #81 and S1-slug #138T
Builder, locomotive EMD and Alco
Creator Description Richard Neumiller, a native of Peoria, Illinois, took his first railroad slides at the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1950. His photographic activity increased while at Knox College in Galesburg, where he graduated in 1953. He served on the Peoria city council from 1973 to 1984, and as mayor of Peoria in 1984-85. He retired from the Central Illinois Light Co. in 1996, but remains active as a photographer.
Collection Richard Neumiller Collection
Image ID wm11
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