Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Alaska Railroad #1072


Two of the four remaining Alaska RR Alco RS-1's with cabs were reactivated in August 1971 to releave a power shortage. Built in February 1943 for the U.S. Army for service in Iran, the ARR purchased the engines and had the shroud applied in 1949. Nos. 1072 and 1078 at Anchorage engine house October 11, 1971.

Photo by Phillip C. Faudi

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Joseph A. Smith (1895-1978) was an avid collector of railroad photos, sharing many of them with fellow collectors in the Northeast. A former plumbing contractor, Smith presumably developed his interest in railroads through his father – a trolley motorman in Troy, NY.

His extensive collection focused on the lines that once served Troy: Delaware & Hudson, Rutland, Boston & Maine and New York Central. Many of his children – especially his sons Joseph Jr., James and Paul -- developed a similar interest and added to his collection with photos of their own. Maintaining the collection is now in the hands of his grandson, Kenneth Bradford. Coincidentally, Ken’s other grandfather worked as a manager at the Schenectady plant of the American Locomotive Company.

Smith was a life member of the Capital District Railroad Club of Schenectady. He was also a member of the Mohawk-Hudson Chapter Railway Historical Society and its parent organization, the National Railway Historical Society.