Empire Belt RR ALcos

Empire Belt RR ALcos
Custom Painted FA / FB Units

Sunday, December 11, 2011

44 Ton Overhaul

The shop forces worked diligently on Sunday morning to repair long out of service New Haven Railroad 0815, a General Electric 44 Ton diesel electric locomotive. This unit was purchased new for use on my layout in 1997. The unit saw a fair amount of usage on my first two layouts. The unit started to suffer from cracked axle gears and saw limited service and finally being parked on the RIP Track in 2005. In December 2011 I secured new axle gears and wheels from Bachmann in hopes of being able to repair this unit. On December 11th the unit was completely overhauled with the new axles and wheels being installed. The unit also received a new head lamp and new paint on the handrails that changed their color from white to red. The unit was road tested and assigned to switch hopper cars at Hudson Coal.

Shell and Chassis separated showing old school dual motors. This drive unit is no longer available and replacement parts are limited.
 The broken axle gears and old wheels sets

 #0815 sporting some new paint and after a complete overhaul at Hudson Coal on it's first assignment

 #0815 once again working the rails

New Haven #0815 passes some New York Central S-12s as it enters the industrial district 

1 comment:

  1. Oh man! I would so love to have and see one of these little industrial switchers operating on a layout! They kind of remind me a bit of Roundhouse's Lil' Critters.