Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

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Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby scottychaos » Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:43 am

The newest member of the LAL/WNYP family, WNYP Alco RS3m No. 406, was unveiled on June 6, 2016 in Olean NY.

The WNYP sent out a notice to various forums around the internet inviting the public to come out for the unveiling! :) (thanks WNYP!) For 6pm on June 6.

WNYP 406 is an Alco RS3m. She was built new for the D&H in 1952 as a standard Alco RS3, D&H No. 4112, one of nearly 100 RS3's on the D&H.
In 1975 she was chosen as one of eight D&H RS3's for rebuilding. They were sent to Morrison-Knudsen and emerged as rebuilt RS3m's, with new prime movers,
chopped noses, and other upgrades. 4112 returned from M-K as one of two D&H Bicentennial units, number 1976:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2114596

She was later renumbered to D&H 506. In 1988 she was sold to the Tioga Central Railroad in Owego, NY, where she would operate as an excursion locomotive.
In 1994 she moved with the Tioga Central to Wellsboro PA, and continued her career as an excursion locomotive, still wearing her D&H bicentennial paint!

http://www.railpictures.net/photo/151614/

(It is believed the 506 was the last surviving 1976 bicentennial locomotive, from any railroad, still wearing her bicentennial paint, 40 years later)
She is also the only survivor of the eight D&H RS3m's.
Then, in 2014, the Tioga Central sold its Alcos. The LAL/WNYP bought the 506 and moved her to Olean.
Which leads us up to June 6, 2016, and the unveiling of the 4112/1976/506/406, now refurbished, repainted, renumbered, and ready to go to work for her 3rd owner at the age of 64!

It was an absolutely beautiful day! about 70 degrees, clear sky, bright sun, no humidity..couldn't ask for a nicer evening.
I arrived about 5:30 and some railfans were already gathering:

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WNYP Road power is bedded down for the evening:

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Mr. Belke and other crew members from the WNYP came out to welcome us, and tell us all about the history of the new locomotive..

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And here she comes! the star of the evening, WNYP 406!

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Looking sharp in her new LAL black and yellow paint! :-D

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I counted about 20 to 25 visitors:

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We got to tour the shop! :P

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406 back in her "stall" for the night:

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4223 is now a parts unit. She is providing parts to the 430.

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430 will live-on, thanks to parts from her sister unit:

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Back outside for a last look around:

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Last shot of the day. Alcos and MLW's still hard at work:

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THANK YOU to Mr. Belke and the whole crew at the WNYP for hosting this event!
and thank you for all you do to keep these beautiful machines alive..we all appreciate it!

thanks,
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby mandealco » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:24 pm

Awesome photos Scot. Thanks for sharing with those who couldn't be there.
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby amtrakhogger » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:29 am

Is that square box extension on the hood for dynamic brakes or is for combustion air intake?
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby mandealco » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:34 am

That box contains the dynamic brakes, or it did when rebuilt years ago. The D&H RS-3's had their dynamic brakes in the short hood, so they had to be relocated when the short hoods were chopped during the MK rebuilding.
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby cjvrr » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:19 am

Great photos. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby amtrakhogger » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:23 pm

mandealco wrote:That box contains the dynamic brakes, or it did when rebuilt years ago. The D&H RS-3's had their dynamic brakes in the short hood, so they had to be relocated when the short hoods were chopped during the MK rebuilding.
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby MarcMeoff » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:24 pm

I think Carl Belkes name should be on that engine!
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby charlie6017 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 7:08 am

Great photos Scot, thank you for sharing them with us. Beautiful looking unit the 406 is!

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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby Matt Langworthy » Thu Jun 09, 2016 6:14 pm

Nice job, Scot!
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby tj48 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:26 pm

Great photos. Any idea what the WNYP is going to use the 406 for?
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Re: Introducing WNYP Alco RS3m 406.

Postby scottychaos » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:56 am

tj48 wrote:Great photos. Any idea what the WNYP is going to use the 406 for?


She is primarily the Olean yard switcher.

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