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Owner: Missouri Pacific
Model:EMD GP38-2Built As:MP 859 (GP38-2)
Serial Number:7344-2Order No:7344
Frame Number:7344-2Built:1/1972
Other locos with this serial:  UP 301(GP38-2) MP 2010(GP38-2) HLCX 1802(GP38-2) PSAP 3536(GP38-2)
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MP GP38-2 2010
Title:  MP GP38-2 2010
Description:  A friendly wave from MP GP38-2 2010 northbound crossing the White River at Cotter, Arkansas on July 17, 1986, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. This train arrived in Cotter with the trailing UP (#903) locomotive leading. The MP GP38-2 was added to the train to help on the 1% grade north out of Cotter.

Also pictured is the bridge over the White River, approved for construction on May 25, 1903. The Army Corps of Engineers determined that the White River was a navigable stream, so a turn span 285 feet long was designed into the 1091 foot long bridge (not including the short five panel timber approaches at each end). A contract was let out to the Phoenix Bridge Company, and the materials for construction were floated up the river on steamboat-powered barges. By June 1, 1904 the bridge was in service after a minor setback on March 24, 1904 when a flash flood caused a 27 foot rise in the river washing away the false work under one of the 80 foot girder spans, dropping the span into the river. The turn span was not yet complete, lacking the turning machinery. By June 20, 1904 the turn span was completed, tested, and never turned again. The arrival of the railroad in Cotter all but killed off the river barge business. Typical power north of Cotter in MP's steam era was double-headed 2-8-0's.

Photo Date:  7/17/1986  Upload Date: 10/27/2010 12:13:12 PM
Location:  Cotter, AR
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  MP 2010(GP38-2)
Views:  1766   Comments: 9
MP GP38-2 2010
Title:  MP GP38-2 2010
Description:  MP GP38-2 2010 crossing the White River at Cotter, Arkansas on July 17, 1986, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. The train is heading compass west, but this might be a northbound train. I'll have to consult a timetable.
Photo Date:  7/17/1986  Upload Date: 6/15/2011 12:17:15 PM
Location:  Cotter, AR
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  MP 2010(GP38-2)
Views:  722   Comments: 0


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