along the Mississippi River, 819, a Cotton Belt 4-8-4, moves the
railroad’s premier redball freight on its fast schedule between
St. Louis and Los Angeles. 819 was built by the St. Louis Southwestern
Railway Company (Cotton Belt Route) at its Pine Bluff, Arkansas
shops in 1942 and it ruled the rails for a dozen years before being
replaced by diesel locomotives. The engine was capable of pulling
100 freight cars with ease.