This is a very good collection of Donahue photos, a number of which I have never seen.
As usual, a few stand out because they “Tell a story.” Two examples:
1. Page 15. What on earth passenger special on the Naugatuck would have had 8 cars powered by one of the 1000-hp RS-1s, which were notorious for being unable to “get out of their own way” with a lighter train?
2. My favorite, page 47. What the hell passenger meet is taking place at Branchville? Neither train is a special, and there were no timetable meets at Branchville in the modern era, if ever. But here’s my version of the story: six mornings a week #141 met #140 at Bethel Lower siding at 10:08 (in the 1950’s). However, this morning #140 was evidently running quite late, and the dispatcher used his head and decided not to hold up #141 unreasonably at Bethel Lower, so he issued orders to annul that meet and order a new meet at Branchvlle, where #141 was due at 10:22. If I’m right, that is #141 in the siding and #140 with the FL9s. #140 would normally have stopped at Branchville at 9:56 so we can see it’s nearly a half hour late. Those FL9s are new to service on the Berkshire at this time, mid 1959; and trains #140-143 were one of the first jobs where they were routinely used up there. We can’t see the power on #141 but I would bet it’s an EP-3.