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Charlie_O
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« on: Mar 31st, 2005, 9:07pm »
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One of the very few things I know about the D&H is that I nearly missed seeing the famous lightning stripe livery.  I know a handful of units survive.  One I believe is an RS11 on a tourist line in upstate New York.  And then there are of course the three GP38-2s that still work areas like Taylor Yard in Scranton.
 
Just thought this would be a good place to share.
 
I'll start with a repost... and my one D&H catch... #7303 subbing as switching power in Philly while the usual CP unit was in for its 92-day inspection.  
 
-Charlie


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Re: D&H Survivors: The Lightning Lives
 
« Reply #1 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 9:21pm »
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Nice find, Charlie.  Is this one of the few units CP keeps/has in D&H livery?

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 9:52pm »
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I believe there are 3 diesel engines on the CP that are still in D&H livery. 7303, 7304, 7312. I recently saw the 7312 and 7303 doubleheaded in Taylor yard switching cars. It was pretty neat.

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Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
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Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 1st, 2005, 12:26am »
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on Mar 31st, 2005, 9:52pm, NKP759fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I believe there are 3 diesel engines on the CP that are still in D&H livery. 7303, 7302, 7312. I recently saw the 7312 and 7303 doubleheaded in Taylor yard switching cars. It was pretty neat.

 
I'd heard the third surviving GP38-2 is 7304, rather than 7302.  
Maybe someone can confirm.
 
But musta been cool to see 7303 and 7312 workin together... I gotta get up that way, and soon.
-Charlie


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« Reply #4 on: Apr 1st, 2005, 7:17am »
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Thanks for correcting me Charlie. †. The 7404 is the 3rd D&H diesel engine. Does anyone have pics of the 7404?

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 4th, 2005, 8:06pm »
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Charlie, there are actually two RRs in upstate NY with RS-36s. †The locos operate in full lightning stripes † The Upper Hudson has one, while the Delaware & Ulster has the other. †Each line is excursion only i.e. no freight. †I did railfan the UH a few years back but they were using the Alco S-2 that day... †  
 
I've seen one of those GP38-2s. †It was active on the Corinth branch in the '90s. †The Corinth branch (currently OOS) and the Upper Hudson RR are remnants of a D&H line that used to run thru the eastern Adirondacks. †
 
The most colorful D&H survivor, in my opinion, has to be Tioga Central's RS-3u #506. †She still runs in Bicentennial colors, and is the last of her class, too. †
 
Since some of my post here is actually a repost from another thread, I'll include this useful link to a D&H survivors page:  www.joshuakblay.com/dhsurvivors.html
 
 
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 4th, 2005, 8:20pm »
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Thanks for the info Matthew.  
 
I remember going up to see the Delaware & Ulster while on a camping vacation in the Catskills, only to find that they weren't running that day, and that the RS36 in D&H scheme was housed indoors.   I consoled myself with pix of the RR's other equipment (including the S-2), then turned for home.  Pix from that liittle venture are posted around here somewhere, I think in a thread about switchers.
 
The Upper Hudson I'd forgotten, but now do remember it being included in a TV broadcast about scenic railroads.  
 
Thx again.
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 8th, 2005, 10:56am »
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Here are two survivors by the entrance to CP's Taylor Yard in Taylor, PA.

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« Reply #8 on: May 11th, 2005, 7:32am »
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Thanks for the pics NS3360. I was down by Taylor Yard yesterday and I didn't see the D&H units down there or any CP units for that matter.  
 Since were talking about D&H Survivors here, are there any RS-2's or RS-3's still around in any D&H paintscheme at all?


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Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
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« Reply #9 on: May 13th, 2005, 3:42pm »
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Yes! Tioga Central rosters RS-3u #506, which still wears the Bicentennial D&H paint scheme she received back in '76. †I believe #506 is the only RS-3u left. †She will be leading excursion trains this summer!

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« Reply #10 on: May 13th, 2005, 4:07pm »
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Wow!! . Do you have a link to some pictures of it? I would really like to see them. The Delaware Lackawanna, a local shortline has two former D&H RS-3's in an all black paint scheme which is how the D&H painted their early road diesels.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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on May 13th, 2005, 4:07pm, NKP759fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Wow!! . Do you have a link to some pictures of it? I would really like to see them.

 
Till someone provides a pic... here's a link to the Tioga Central's equipment page.


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« Reply #12 on: May 16th, 2005, 7:42pm »
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Sorry, no pics online till I get a scanner- which will happen someday... †Till then, go†find the recent issue of Trains, featuring the '70s. †It includes an article (with photos) on diesels in Bicentennial paint. †At the time, D&H had renumbered her from #4112 to #1776, and eventually renumbered her to #506. † I believe that entire RS-3u class was eventually renumbered into the 500 series.

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« Reply #13 on: May 21st, 2005, 2:31pm »
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I wasn't to crazy about the RS-3u's but the RS-3's looked great in the lightning scheme. But I'm happy that CP is still using the D&H units for some mainline activity and switching.

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Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
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« Reply #14 on: May 23rd, 2005, 8:23pm »
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I'll admit that the RS-3u can be a bit odd in appearance, especially if you're used to watching conventional RS-3s (or -2s).  But I think you'll be swayed when you hear that mighty Alco roar- I believe the RS-3us were upgraded using C-420 components.
Plus, kudos to the Tioga Central for keeping her paint job in good shape.


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Here's a pic of a PA unit. Got this pic from http://www.toltecimages.com/trains/d.html

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Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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Don't forget the D&H 7312. The 7312 is named after a former D&H road foreman that is an engineer at Steamtown, Bernie O' Brien. Got this pic from www.bridge-line.org

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Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 3rd, 2005, 3:05pm »
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Here is the D&H unit owned by D&U 9Delaware and Ulster, Arkville, NY)
 
 
Delaware & Hudson ALCO RS-36 #5017  

 
 
Built in January, 1963 by ALCO (American Locomotive Co.) for the Delaware & Hudson RR, in system wide service until late 1980's, and was last RS-36 in service on D&H, retired in 1994. This diesel is the principal locomotive used to power D&Uís trains and is kept in tip-top shape by the D&Uís expert mechanical team.


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Wow. Your not kidding about it being in tip top shape. . A real beauty.

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Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 10th, 2005, 5:21am »
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Here's a link to a picture of RS-36 5019. Notice that the D&H emblem has been altered to say "THE DL", which was pretty neat. The picture is from Steamtowns grand opening and I do not know where this engine is right now. Last I heard it was in NY somewhere. http://www.northeast.railfan.net/images/tr_dl5019.jpg

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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