|One of Grand Trunk
Western’s massive 4-8-4 Northerns rests between runs. 6325
was one of thirty-seven 6300’s pulling fast, dependable freight
and passenger trains from 1929 to the mid-1950’s on the Grand
Trunk Western Railroad. This handsome 4-8-4 belongs to the class
of U-3-b’s built by Alco in 1942. These dual service locomotives
were the last new steam power assigned to the GTW. The U-3-b class
was right at home with GTW’s road profile and characteristics
running almost one-quarter of a million miles between heavy repairs.
6325 could easily handle sixteen car passenger and fast freights
with equal ease on the Chicago Division. The 6325’s forte
was heavy passenger and fast freight service. All U-3-bs were known
as good steamers and were liked by all engine crews. On the Grand
Trunk Western, the U-3-b was the ultimate in modern steam.