Mixed-Up Motors at Missouri City
As a consequence of the economic slowdown, U.S. railroads have thousands of locomotives in storage. Just a few years ago, it was the other way around. Railroads were desperate for motive power. It was the best of times for locomotive leasing companies.
As a result, “rainbow” lash-ups were the norm.
This train took it to the extreme: five motors in five different schemes. Too bad the lead motor was so dirty, but as another railfan once philosophized, “What can you really do?”