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Pennsy's last steamer B6sb #5244 plates?
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Author:  Richard Glueck [ Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:18 am ]
Post subject:  Pennsy's last steamer B6sb #5244 plates?

All Pennsy fans (fan-atics) know of the last steam locomotive to operate in 1959, B6sb #5244, on the lines of Union Transportation. The bell, number plate, and builders plates where saved by the PRR as relics and displayed at the Philly offices until the notorious Penn Central auction. All these critical relics were sold off, but to who and where? Are they at RMPA or in another collection?

Apparently the scrapping of the locomotive was not a rush to judgement, but wasn't fought over either. A picture in the Keystone (journal of the PRRT&HS) showed her standing alone next to a line of other condemned steamers in Philadelphia, sans plates, but with her bell.

Anyway, the questions regarding her jewelry are out there. Anybody have pictures as yet unpublished of this fleet icon?

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