NYC ALCO FA / FB Units

NYC ALCO FA / FB Units
Custom Painted P-2000 units

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New York Central SW8s, Lehigh Valley SW9, New Haven GP9

Greeting Blog Followers,

Two New York Central SW8s and a Lehigh Valley SW9 both were pulled from service this week and sent off to the repair shop for what turned out be a minor overhaul. The units were running in a 3 unit lash up when they started to become increasingly noisy. Not good.

Once at the shop it was quickly determined that nothing more than a cleaning and some new oil and grease were needed much to the relief of New York Central Train Layout management.

My sole New Haven GP9 was also pulled from service and sent to the shop this week after crews reported noisy operation and a probable broken axle gear. Fortunately a new axle gear was in stock and this wa taken care of without too much delay. A cleaning with some new oil and grease cured the noises. All units are now running fine.

All four units are pre Walther's Proto 2000 products. Their average age is about 15 years. It's nice to see them back running well and earning model railroad revenue.

 New York Central SW8s and a Lehigh Valley SW9 back in service and heading for Terminal Yard


New Haven GP9 on point of a two unit RDC lash up.


 During snowy weather the RDC's had a tendency to ride up and over the snow and derail at railroad crossings due to their light weight. To eliminate this a diesel locomotive was assigned to pull the RDCs. While it's not snowing in my basement on the date of the photo much of the country was suffering from blizzard conditions.

Switchers are back in Empire City doing what they were built to do

The three units have this single boxcar well in hand

The 3 units will take this boxcar to North Side Yard where it will be placed into a west bound train. The switchers will then be assigned to a three car high and wide load that needs to move to Terminal Yard.  
 

A close up of LV 292

Headed out of siding for North Side Yard

 

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