The A&Y acquired #109 along with 106
and 113 from the RF&P on December 19, 1929. I am not sure when this locomotive was retired.
This locomotive had the following characteristics:
||Alco Locomotive Works (Richmond, VA)
|Cylinder size (inches)
|Steam pressure (pouind per square inch)
|Driver size (diameter)
|Weight (in pounds)
|Tractive effort (in pounds)
||This photo from the Bowie Collection depicts the 109
ostensibly in Greensboro with no date. I do not know the buildings in the
background well enough to confirm the location.
||This July 1937 photo of 109 in Greensboro is from my
collection via eBay sold by Mr. R.P. Morris. I also have a real photo
postcard of this image from the von der Lippe collection.
||This photo of the 109 is supposed to be from August, 1930 in
Greensboro. At this time (November 7, 2016), I cannot find a print version
of this image from the Harold K. Vollrath collection to confirm. It has
too much similarity to the photo above for me to think they came 7 years
||This February, 1938 photograph of 109 is in Sanford, NC. I
had some challenges manipulating the scan to show the smoke and steam, but
not hide the details of the locomotive. I believe that is a coal gondola
right behind the locomotive. What I cannot tell is if the car behind is a
coal gondola on an elevated track (as can be seen in some other photos) or
a hopper. On the right side appears to be the end of a caboose. This photo
was in the Bissenger, Schick, and now Bott collections.
||This is an interesting photo of 109 taken by Peter Farrell
of Greensboro, presumably in Greensboro. This locomotive that I thought
was primarily was used for passenger trains is shown pulling a N&W HU
class coal gondola. I do not know if this was simply yard service to
fill the coaling station or whether this was regular freight service.
Unfortunately, I do not know when this photo was taken. If post 1939,
which was after passenger service ended, it shows that the A&Y used
the only locos they owned in whatever service they could. Given the
Farrell photo above with a similar appearance (minus the steam),
especially the gondola, I wonder if this is a February, 1938 photo too?
||This June 11, 1939 photo in Pomona is the only one to show
the fireman's side of the engine. The photo is from the Tom G. Wicker
collection and was obtained from Mac Connery, Durham, NC.
||An unknown photographer caught #109 in Sanford on July 4, 1939, the year
passenger service on the A&Y was discontinued.
From the collection of Tom Sink, Greensboro, NC.
Obtained from Mac Connery, Durham, NC.