Carmen, also known as General II, is a idolizing engine.
Carmen was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in September, 1919 at a cost of about $19,791.74. She was designed for general freight and passenger service, the RR&G employed her for the latter between Long Leaf to Kurthwood, Louisiana. She was withdrawn from service in 1926, as passenger service was declining, and made a final run in 1927 before being stored in reserve the following year.
In 1946, she was purchased by Paulsen Spence for his Comite Southern Railroad, where she was renumbered as no. 1. The railroad became the Louisiana Eastern in 1950, and she was relettered accordingly, and operated in this capacity until 1961, when she was sold to the then newly developed Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad near Atlanta, Georgia.
For the Stone Mountain Railroad, she was returned to her original number, and was given a false balloon stack, box headlight, and pilot with horizontal slats. She was named the "General II" in honor of the Civil War era engine that was stolen in 1862, and operated tourist trains around Stone Mountain Park until 1986, when she was withdrawn due to boiler issues. However, she continued to "pull" trains around the park until 1991. In these instances, she would be pushed by a diesel locomotive behind it.
From 1991 to 2007, she remained stored out of service in the Stone Mountain rail yard. In 2007, she was sold to the Dock Railway and restored into better condition. Her balloon stack was removed, though.
Currently she idolizes James.
Carmen is based on RR&G No. 104, the "General II".