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  by Train-O
Hi all,
I'm new to this forum and I'd like to know if there are any photos. of a P.RR. S-2 steam turbine hauling a freight train?
I've seen the S-2 on an E./B. Broadway Limited passenger run, in Crestline, Ohio.
Thank you,
  by mp15ac
Since the S2 Turbine was built as a passenger loco I doubt you'll find any photos of it pulling freight.

  by 2nd trick op
In his work, Pennsy Power, Al Staufer mentions encountering the 6200 in the backshop in 1949, with her tubine power plant removed and likely beyond repair. There's not much work available for high-maintenance experiments if they prove unable to take the pounding in the less-demanding scenario of high-profile passenger operation.
  by Allen Hazen
Locomotives don't always get assigned to the kind of train they were designed for. I think that steam passenger locomotives on some railroads, at least, were often sent out on a minor freight as a break-in or test run after a shopping. And with an experimatal like the S-2, I'd expect it to be tried in a variety of applications just to see how it would do. So I wouldn't completely abandon hope of finding a photo of it on a freight.
  by Train-O
Thank you all for your info. regarding P.RR. S-2 Turbine on a freight run.
Beside, you folks, others have mentioned that the S-2 was used for freight, but so far no photos. available, only of passenger runs.
  by Aa3rt
I tried looking for photos of this unique locomotive on line but came up with very few results of the prototype. I also found some conflicting information concerning the service life of this locomotive.

The 6200 was delivered in 1944, reportedly for passenger service between Chicago, Il and Crestline, OH. One reference says that the loco was withdrawn from service in March or April of 1946, the other gives the year as 1949. There's also a conflict as to the date the engine was scrapped-May 1952 or 1953.

I realize that information supplied by Wikipedia shouldn't always be taken at face value, however here's the Wiki writeup on the 6200:


Another reference with some photo links:


6200 pulling a passenger train out of Chicago, July 1945:


Given the short service life of this engine (2 or 4 years depending on reference) it's surprising that many photos exist at all.