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Owner: AUSTIN
Model:Whitcomb 45 TonnerBuilt As:AUSTIN no # (45 Tonner)
Serial Number:60017Order No:
Frame Number:Built:1/1940
Notes:45DE, Austin Western plant switcher
Other locos with this serial:  AUSTIN 1(45 Tonner)
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BLH Unnumbered at the Austin Western Plant
Title:  BLH Unnumbered at the Austin Western Plant
Description:  In 1931 Baldwin bought Whitcomb. So that's why a Whitcomb is at a Baldwin plant. Exact day of month not unknown.
Photo Date:  9/15/1964  Upload Date: 2/12/2009 11:42:35 AM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Marty Bernard
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AUSTIN 1(45 Tonner)
Views:  413   Comments: 0
Austin Western Whitcomb
Title:  Austin Western Whitcomb
Description:  Austin Western Company unnumbered plant switcher at Eola, Illinois on January 29, 1966, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Information on this locomotive was a little hard to come by, here is what I have so far. It appears this locomotive was built by Whitcomb in January 1940 (c/n 60017), model 45DE, at the factory owned by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Rochelle, Illinois. The George D. Whitcomb Company, founded in 1877, came under the control of Baldwin in 1931, reorganized as the Whitcomb Locomotive Company. This locomotive worked at the factory in Aurora, Illinois. Western Wheeled Scraper purchased F.C. Austin Manufacturing Company in 1902, renaming it Austin Manufacturing Company, and manufactured road graders and 30 cubic yard side dump railroad cars, some of which were used in the construction of the Panama Canal. Austin and Western products were manufactured and sold under those names, although the Austin-Western name also appeared on machinery, especially in the early 1930s. Baldwin acquired Austin Western in 1951, and was acquired by Clark Equipment Company in the 1970's, who phased out production at Aurora. It appears this locomotive may have been acquired by Caterpillar (unconfirmed).
Photo Date:  1/29/1966  Upload Date: 7/10/2015 1:06:12 PM
Location:  Eola, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives:  AUSTIN 1(45 Tonner)
Views:  343   Comments: 0


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