|Cotton Belt 819; Bernie, Mo.; June 12, 1990|
In 1983 the locomotive was removed from display and taken back to its birthplace, the Pine Bluff shops, for restoration as an excursion locomotive. It returned to service in 1986 and ran until 1993. In 1990 it ran to the National Railway Historical Society convention in St. Louis, taking two days to get there. That's where our photos begin. The first day (June 12, 1990) saw the train run from Pine Bluff to Illmo (Scott City), Mo., including a meet with a Cotton Belt freight at Bernie, Mo. (above).
The next morning the photo line was huge at the Cotton Belt bridge over the Mississippi River at Thebes, Ill. Photographers were stacked about five high to get the shot. Fortunately, maintenance work had one track shut down (the equipment was parked on the bridge, so the photo line knew there would be no interference from trains) making for some room at the end of the bridge for a shot.
|Cotton Belt 819; Thebes, Ill.; June 13, 1990|
|Cotton Belt 819; McClure, Ill.; June 13, 1990|
|Union Pacific 844 and Cotton Belt 819; St. Louis, Mo.; June 1990|
|Cotton Belt 819; Pine Bluff, Ark.; March 27, 1993|