Lehigh Valley ALCO RS2's at Jim Thorpe . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, was founded as the town of Mauch Chunk in 1850 and in 1851 the Lehigh Valley Railroad, under the control
and leadership of Asa Packer, laid track along the west bank of the Lehigh River from Mauch Chunk to Easton. By 1887 the Central Railroad
of New Jersey had a huge presence on the east side of the river in Mauch Chunk and built a train station, designed by the Wilson Brothers &
Company of Philadelphia. This must have irked Asa Packer, who had built his mansion high on the hill overlooking the town and what grew into
a sprawling CNJ yard complex, no end. The LVR did build a depot in Mauch Chunk... further downstream... around the bend... on the other side
of the river... and... the indignity... it was purposely burned down as a training excercise by the Jim Thorpe Fire Company in the early 1960's.
The LVR and CNJ eventually mereged their lines in 1965 and abandoned redundant trackage.
The ALCO RS diesel electric road switcher is a workhorse locomotive produced in variants beginning with the RS1 of 1941 through the RS36,
ending in 1963... available as either a 4 axle or 6 axle. I have no idea how many of these the Lehigh Valley had... nor how many different paint
schemes they appeared in. I have seen photographs of RS2 #212, illustrated circa early 1970's, in two different stripe versions with two different
LVR reds, and with two different short hoods and number boards... following some front end collision repair.