|Great Northern Railway F3 432A westbound at Naperville, Illinois on June 11, 1963, photo by Chuck Zeiler. Karl Rethwisch, a retired CB&Q Engineer offers the following experience.
Those were the GREAT days of RR'ing. as far as I'm concerned but the GN junk we were saddled with took some of the "joy" out of it. I can't recall the no. but one of those beasts, a GN F3A, nearly killed me on train 88 at Dugan X'ing. years ago. I witnessed, first hand and up close, a crankcase explosion that totally destroyed the prime mover and, very nearly, yours truly.