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Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
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565fan
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Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
 
« on: Oct 28th, 2009, 9:13pm »
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I know this sounds strange, but as all of us who have visited Steamtown know, there are plenty of diesels in the National Park boundary.  Most are run regularly by the D-L, while a few are stored.  Some are on long-term storage agreements.  And the ever faithful Nickel Plate GP9 that regularly runs Scranton Limited trains on Wednesday, with an occasional pinch-hit for a steamer.  
 
Lately, though, the CNJ-painted F3s have caused a stir among railfans.  Today, they were joined by the Reading FP7s no. 902 and 903.  Post photos and stats on any diesels you like in Steamtown here.


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mike_nepa
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Re: Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 5:14am »
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I don't know why the CNJ would be causing a stir. It was explained to me at the railfest that they needed a new place to be stored since the Reading & Northern wanted all the equipment moved. There are still plans to make these engines operating again.


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« Reply #2 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 5:15am »
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Another view.. I will have to dig up my pictures of the RS-3's at Steamtown

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 5:17am »
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I have this from the October 17th excursion when we returned of the Reading's RS-3 next to CN 3254.  3254 was heading to have the tender filled up with coal.

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 12:05pm »
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Great pics mike! When did those F-3s arrive? I don't recall seeing them this summer when I was there.  
 
The second best thing about Scranton has to be the Alcos (after the steamers of course!) If you didn't look too far beyond property lines, who would be to say it wasn't the 20th century all over again?
 
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 4:32pm »
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The 56 is operable now and arrived that way, we had her fired up last saturday on a bit of a work session.  The 57 just needs some TLC.

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Re: Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
 
« Reply #6 on: Oct 30th, 2009, 11:15pm »
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on Oct 30th, 2009, 5:14am, mike_nepa wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I don't know why the CNJ would be causing a stir. It was explained to me at the railfest that they needed a new place to be stored since the Reading & Northern wanted all the equipment moved. There are still plans to make these engines operating again.

 
Okay.  by causing a stir, I meant creating excitement among the railfans.  No controversy here, Just appreciation for neat old things that still look good.  They are operational, but 56 is in better shape than 57.  That is why 56 was on display in the turntable area during railfest.  57 looking forlorn on Sunday, Sep 6...


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« Reply #7 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 5:17pm »
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I think the F3's were moved to Steamtown right before the railfest
 
Here are some shot's of the DL's RS-3's


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« Reply #8 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 5:17pm »
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Usually they are together, this day they were not.


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« Reply #9 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 5:18pm »
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Toss this one in

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 9:54pm »
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They left JT about 3-4 weeks before Railfest.  We had a few work sessions on them before the event.  Mostly getting 56 ready for display.
 
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 10:43pm »
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As many know the Reading F's are both fully operational as they just pulled a series of excursions on the ESPN Railroad, Ex RDG Perkiomen Branch.  
 
 
 

 

 

 


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Re: Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
 
« Reply #12 on: Nov 26th, 2009, 12:28pm »
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The December, 2009  issue of Railpace is now out and has photos of the Reading FPs on their recent excursions, and on their delivery and arrival in Scranton.  Check it out.  
 
There is also a neat "Steam Race" photo in the issue.  I can't remember the first time Steamtown had a race like this when an excursion departed the platform, but I know Baldwin 26 was the locomotive alongside us. While not a scheduled activity, it is a neat attraction when it takes place.


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« Reply #13 on: May 23rd, 2010, 9:16pm »
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So far, 2010 has been a pure diesel year for the town of Steam. This will change this coming week, as Canadian National Railways 2-8-2 no. 3254 gets fired up and begins operating within the Scranton yard.  
NYC&St.L Geep no. 514 has been keeping the Scranton Limited running.
 
The Reading FP7s have been very quiet ever since their arrival in October.  This will all change in June.  For the NPS excursion from Scranton to Delaware Water Gap, they will haul the westbound portion of the train.  (from the Water Gap to Scranton.)  They will also run the return legs on the Tobyhanna trains.  A couple of trips on the Carbondale line will keep them busy, too.
 
The biggest news is on the F3s.  Body panel replacement , body work and some mechanical work is being completed on the two Bangor & Aroostook units.  The past weeks have seen a transformation on unit no. 56.  A brand new application of paint, first maroon, then yellow, and today a bit of gray was added.  Here is a photo of her earlier this month.

No. 57 is a bit behind the 56, but both groups plan to have them in full DL&W livery by the time of the NRHS convention.


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Re: Engine Discussion:  Diesels at Steamtown
 
« Reply #14 on: May 27th, 2010, 11:42am »
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There is a good chance the Reading FP7's will be pulling a train as part of the Lackawanna Railfest 2010 Labor Day weekend.  Plans are in the works.  

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« Reply #15 on: May 27th, 2010, 8:45pm »
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That's right JJ.  I believe tickets will go on sale for an inbound excursion to RailFest 2010 soon.  The train will board at East Stroudsburg and at Cresco. More details will be revealed soon.  Artwork on the poster is being reviewed.

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« Reply #16 on: May 27th, 2010, 8:51pm »
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Recent developments,  last weekend.






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« Reply #17 on: May 28th, 2010, 5:37pm »
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Recent developments, Thursday, May 27.

Peeling off the masking tape, over sprayed with gray paint.  It took about an hour for the paint to dry.

As she looked when the crew finished up for the day.


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« Reply #18 on: May 28th, 2010, 6:16pm »
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Looking good! Thanks you so much for the pixs Tim, on all the forums! and all your other great info.
 
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« Reply #19 on: May 28th, 2010, 9:06pm »
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Wow. Beautiful looking engine. I haven't noticed this topic until now. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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