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.