Empire Belt RR ALcos

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Florida East Coast E9A #1031

Greetings Blog Followers,
Attended a recent train show and brought home Proto 2000 Florida East Coast E9A #1031. Unit has been tested on layout and runs excellent. Engine will be heading to the paint shop to become either a New York Central E8A in the cigar band scheme or a Penn Central E8A in the PC black scheme. A little history on the FEC E9A #1031. The unit was built for FEC and is pictured below in it's delivery paint scheme. The FEC ceased passenger operations in 1963 but was required by the state to run a single daily local passenger train between Miami and Jacksonville that was usually just two cars. The 1031 handled that assignment until about 1967. During this time frame it wore a very simple blue livery. Here are some photos of the latest addition to the motive pool.

FEC E9A #1031

A look at the improved backdrop.

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