Floyd Millinger (in cab window) poses with fellow workers in this view of Alton Route 2-8-0 No. 2992, a member of class E-49. These engines came from ALCo in 1909 as the Chicago & Alton's H-7 class, Nos. 430-439, but like most steam locomotives they underwent modifications over the years. They rolled on 62-inch drivers, sustained 200 pounds of boiler pressure, and had cylinder dimensions of 22½x30 inches. With a locomotive weight of 228,000 pounds, they exerted 41,700 pounds of tractive force. According to Don Ross, this engine was scrapped in 1950.
The location of the photo appears to be a station along the Alton Route's double-tracked main line. The date is unknown. However, Floyd Millinger had 56 years of service with the Chicago & Alton, the Alton Route and the GM&O, handling the railroad's crack passenger trains at least from around 1940 until his retirement on January 1, 1964. This photo appears to show a local freight, perhaps suggesting a date somewhat earlier in Millinger's career as an engineer and, indeed, the automobiles in the background suggest the late 1930s. According to the late William K. Dunbar, the crewman at left may be Edward Benning who became an engineer and retired from the Bloomington-to-Roodhouse passenger run of the "doodlebug."