|Randy James posted|
Commonwealth Edison EMD SW1200 16, built in 1964, switches at the Plaines Generating Plant near Joliet, Illinois, now the Joliet Station of Midwest Generation. In this late 1960s photo provided by Gary Thompson the locomotive has no engineer; coupled to it is a remote control car which was, in turn, worked by an operator at the facility's car dumper. Around 1970 the remote control system was abandoned and the locomotive was operated manually from its own controls. This unit, actually owned by Relco, is still on the property but has been out of service for a decade; stripped for parts, its awaits an uncertain fate. The plant currently uses another leased unit but has been testing a GenSet unit from National Railway Equipment Co. (NREX). This information comes from Wilbert R. Harrison, Operations Supervisor-Fuel at the Joliet Station, who at one time operated and maintained No. 16.
This is how I learned the east plant was Joliet #6.