Blue Streak Merchandise
Rolling 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.
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