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98 and 93 at Whitehorse

Collection of Boerries Burkhardt.

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GE 98 after heavy use at Skagway (1972)

James C Herold was in Skagway on June 19, 1972 to see engine 98, still wearing her Thunderbird. Traces of the long winter operation are visible on the paint and Thunderbird of this engine. Soon this engine will get a new paint scheme.

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GE 98 at Skagway shops near the sand house (1973)

Barbara Karlen took this classic image of engine 98 at Skagway in spring of 1973. The engine has already a diamond logo. The Thunderbirds were gone by that time and all engines had identical logos, except for their different numbers. It seems that the engine received a new paint job in early 1973.

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GE 98 with two other GE's arrive at Whitehorse

A triple header freight train arrives at Whitehorse station. Engines 98 and 97 (3rd engine) received the new Federal Industries colors. This nice looking livery was not liked by the WP&YR employees, as Federal Industries had a major share in bringing the railroad into trouble. Collection Boerries Burkhardt, Whitehorse ca. 1977.

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GE 98 top image at Whitehorse (1977)

A great shot by Dik Blazina at Whitehorse on July 3, 1977. Here we have only a small number on the front side of the engine. Also, no steps were added yet on the front of the engine to support the brakemen when plugging and unplugging the MU cable

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GE 98 at Whitehorse Alaska Highway (1980)

Steve Hauff was standing near the Alaska Highway crossing at Whitehorse in May 1980. Again, we have a great image with a lot of new details. The GE's already received the 3 support steps. Furthermore, a large number was added on the rear portion of each side. However, this was done only on GE 93, 97, 98 and 100 with the Federal Industries colors. The number on the back of GE 98 had already faded into orange. From this image it becomes clear why the engine was soon going to get a new paint job.

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GE 98 in Federal Industries Colors 1980

Steve Dudley was lucky to see the engine 98 on the Skagway dock tracks. He took this great image in June 1980 at Skagway.

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GE 98 without white arrow (1980)

September and October 1980 was the time when the WP&YR changed its company livery from blue/white/orange into full blue. On October 3, 1980, GE 98 is pictured at Bennett with four additional engines in all the different colors. Soon afterwards all engines got painted blue. Image by Barbara Karlen.

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GE 98 before Whitehorse roundhouse (1982)

David Othen from Nova Scotia took this great image of three General Electric engines resting in front of the Whitehorse engine house on September 15, 1982. A few weeks later the WP&YR stopped operations and was shut down for the first time ever since it was built. The railroad reopened in 1988, but never had freight service into Whitehorse again.

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GE 98 after reopening for tourist operation (1988)

At the reopening of the railroad in 1988, #98 still had her full blue livery, but was repainted into the old original green and yellow for the 1991 season. This paint scheme from June 1991 is very interesting because the WP&YR painted the snow plow black instead of the standard green.

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GE 98 as it looks today (2006)

Boerries Burkhardt took this image of engine 98 after her return from a summit run. The engine can bee seen here at the passenger car yard in Skagway in June 2006. You may also notice the exhaust stack. The WP&YR added these in 1980 to all GE's.

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GE 98 back home at Skagway

After a long rebuilt, GE 98 with now 1400 h.p. is back on track in Skagway.Great side view from Cody Jennings - WP&YR.

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