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GE 96 at Whitehorse (mid 1960's)

GE 96 as tail unit arrives at Whitehorse. The engine was built in a batch together with engines 95 and 97, all built in 1963 by General Electric. Engine 96 never received a Thunderbird in the old freight days.

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GE 96 at Bennett station (1964)

Eric L. Johnson from Vancouver took this picture of engine 96 on September 10, 1964. We see the engine in Bennett on the main track, heading north to Whitehorse. In the background the old wood church built 1898 can be seen. This time, the engine has a green snow plow.

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GE 96 with diamond logo (1973)

Barbara Karlen of Skagway has seen the engine in front of the Skagway shops. All engines received the diamond logo, as well as the SAFETY FIRST stickers. Interestingly, this engine from the 3rd batch had no GE logo under the engineer's window. The snow plow was painted black and additional grab irons had been added on the front of the cab.

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GE 96 out of service (1982)

Engine 96 was the last engine used for spares before the railroad closed operations in 1982. From the history we know that the WP&YR always used one engine for spare parts. John Henderson took this picture of the engine in August, 1982.

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GE 96 in prime colors (1991)

On June 23, 1991 Eric L. Johnson has seen engine 96 primed in front of the Skagway shops. The WP&YR had added a prime coat for protection, but rust can already be seen in 1991.

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GE 96 in full green colors (2004)

When White Pass' Michael Brandt took this picture on August 17, 2004, the engine just came back into service. Because of the need of motive power, the engine was used in her basic green coat.

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GE 96 as tail unit without snowplow (2005)

On June 1, 2005 Boerries Burkhardt spotted the engine with a different green at Skagway shops. Engine 96 is the only engine on the WP&YR without a snow plow.

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