Brownie Allison looks none too happy about being in the cab of that "deezul". This is right after they traded the two steam engines for the 209 and 210. Brownie didn't like those diesels one bit. The day they came in, Earl Vest retired. Brownie worked until 1969. That's Brownie Allison, Jim Salyers, Dee Whitson, Cecil Bowden (who replaced Mr. Hobbs as the superintendent), Jim Dowdy, and I think that is Earl McKinney.
All the old- timers were jealous of Sherman Pippin who found work at the narrow gauge steam railroad theme park in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.