@Trinity River Bottoms Boomer posted:
Jacob, you got a great start and I'm looking forward to follow your upcoming thread when it gets going.
The CF7s were a pain to switch with too. It was wierd to see them working in Florida, so far from Santa Fe country, way out of place and out of sight as well.
Wonder how many are still in service today?
You mention the Kaw River. A good read is The Long Summer of George Adams by Weldon Hill. A 1961 published fictional that takes place on the Kaw & Wash- ita RR in a mid-50s small Oklahoma town. The K&W is based on a Santa Fe line that served oil country. Check Abe Books for a copy. You'll like it. George is an engine watchman where the Kaw has it's last two working steam locomotives and when the Diesels arrive George will be without a job.
I'd wager a CF7 was still easier to switch with than an F7.
BTW: The Long Summer of George Adams was made into a TV movie in 1982 starring James Garner. The Texas State Railroad was used for the railroad scenes.