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« Reply #60 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 7:17pm »
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The Finger Lakes Railway normally operates with a mix of GEs and Geeps, but it did use a privately owned Alco on a special excursion last year. FGLK was marking the 50th anniversary of the end of regular passenger service on the ex-NYC Auburn Road and used this ex-NYC RS3 on the eastbound trip between Geneva and Solvay, NY:
 

 
Photo taken by me on Sturday 5/17/2008 at Cayuga, NY.


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« Reply #61 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 7:20pm »
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The same RS3 smoking up a storm in Martisco, NY:
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday on 5/1/72008.


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« Reply #62 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 7:26pm »
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FGLK operates most of its excursions pull-pull, just like the Mednia RR Museum on the FRRR. A GE B23-7 was head end power for the return trip, so #8223 was a very sharp FRED as the train rolled through Seneca Falls, NY:
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 5/17/2008. The RS3 has been restored to her original NYC livery.


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« Reply #63 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 9:45pm »
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Reading Lines ALCO C-630 #5308, pushing a load of about 70 empty coal hoppers [many due for scrap] past the Belleman's Church Road crossing with Reading Company NW-1 #103 infront of her on the ex-PRR Schuylkill Branch.  Both locomotives are owned & operated by the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society.
 

 
Later in the day, 5308 was assembling Reading Blueliner cars for the next day's 2nd Annual Bee Line Festival.
 

 
As you can see, she barely broke a sweat moving the four Blueliners.


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« Reply #64 on: Jul 14th, 2009, 9:49pm »
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Here's 5308 again, during the Bee Line Festival.  In this shot, she's pulling the passenger train back into the South Hamburg yard.

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« Reply #65 on: Jul 15th, 2009, 7:31pm »
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That C630 looks very nice. Fans of the bigger Alco Centuries should also check out the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville family of shortlines. Here is C430 #432 on the LA&L a few months ago:
 

 
Photo taken by me Monday 2/16/2009 in Henrietta, NY. Number 432 was recently transferred to sister shortline Western New York & Pennsylvania. This C430 was built for the New York Central.


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« Reply #66 on: Jul 15th, 2009, 7:38pm »
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Another shortline in the LA&L family, the Bath & Hammondsport RR, was home to M630 #631 as she underwent rehabilitation before being sent to the WNYP.  
 

 
Photo taken by me Friday 8/22/2008 in Campbell, NY. This MLW was originally built for CP and also spent time with Minnesota Commercial.  


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« Reply #67 on: Jul 15th, 2009, 7:45pm »
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Just one day after the last photo, WNYP #630 comes off home rails and onto Norfolk Southern at CP Cass in Hornell, NY.
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 8/23/2009. This is one of the few places where an Alco can still be seen hauling freight on a weekend.  


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« Reply #68 on: Jul 16th, 2009, 6:02pm »
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Speaking of the LA&L mainline, the LA&L normally runs an MUd pair of Alco Centuries- #420 and #425. Here they are seen rumbling into Henrietta on a sunny Monday morning:
 

 
Photo taken by me 7/6/2009.


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« Reply #69 on: Jul 16th, 2009, 6:07pm »
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Number 420 is an ex-LIRR high nose C420. Number 425 is the sole surviving C425 from NH's fleet of 10. Later in the same day (of the last picture), the pair were switching at the Barilla Pasta plant in Avon as a storm approaches:
 

 
Photo taken by me Monday 7/6/2009.


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« Reply #70 on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 7:53pm »
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An underrated gem is the Tioga Central RR. It started out on a former LV branchline in the 1980s and moved over to the ex-NYC Fall Brook in 1994. The first diesel purchased by the Tioga Central was this S2, #14:
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 9/8/2007 in Wellsboro, PA. This elderly Alco is one of two survivors from the Buffalo Creek Railway, a switching operation and shortline jointly owned by LV and Erie/EL.   


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« Reply #71 on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 8:01pm »
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The Tioga Central also owns three RS1s. One of them, #62, is still in active service.  
 

 
Photo taken by Satuday 9/13/2008 at Wellsboro Junction, PA. She and sister unit #47 are ex-Washington Terminal engines.


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« Reply #72 on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 8:05pm »
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The third RS1 on the Tioga Central, #240, is an ex-NYS&W unit. She has been OOS for quite a while.  
 

 
Phooto taken by me Saturday 9/8/2009 in Wellsboro, PA.


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« Reply #73 on: Jul 22nd, 2009, 8:13pm »
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Tha rarest unit of all on the Tioga Central, and quite possibly the rarest Alco I've seen, is ex-D&H RS3U #506. She still wears the Bicentennial paint scheme D&H applied after the original 244 prime mover was replaced with a 251 in 1975. Here we see #506 on a test run after a couple of TIOC employees gave her some TLC:  
 

 
Photo taken by me Saturday 9/13/2008 at Wellsboro Junction, PA. After the Tioga Central was purchased by the Myles Group in early 2008, #506 and #62 have been used for both freight and passenger duties. Number 14 is used in passenger service... but I have received no reports of her being used in freight haulage.  
 
 
 


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« Reply #74 on: Aug 28th, 2009, 6:55pm »
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WNYP #432 was from the LA&L to the WNYP a few months ago. Here she is seen entering Hornell in classic EL hammerhead style last week:  
 

 
Photo taken by me 8/20/2009


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« Reply #75 on: Aug 28th, 2009, 6:56pm »
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Number 432 departing Hornell about an hour later:
 
 
 
Photo taken by me on Thursday 8/20/2009.


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« Reply #76 on: Aug 28th, 2009, 7:02pm »
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Hornell is also home to a rare Alco S6. The Alstom plant uses this example for their plant switcher:
 

 
Photo taken by me Thursday 8/20/2009.  
 


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« Reply #77 on: Sep 21st, 2009, 12:32am »
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West Chester # 1803 is without a doubt a former Canadian Pacific MLW RS18. It sure looks good in the shiny black livery.

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« Reply #78 on: Oct 24th, 2009, 1:28am »
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Alberni Pacific's former CP RS3 # 8427

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« Reply #79 on: Dec 26th, 2009, 10:50am »
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Middletown & Hummelstown ALCO T-6 #1016, sitting idle by one of the M&H's GE Centercab locomotives [65 ton iirc].  The M&H operates a short former Reading Company branch line between its namesake towns.

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