#20 sw1500 excursion power?

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#20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby airman00 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:48 pm

Just curious, saw some video's of whippany museum excursions, with #20 sw1500 as power. How often does the whippany musuem run excursions with #20 sw1500 as the power?
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby sean3f » Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:49 am

The #20 is the newest loco that they have, makes sense to use it often! But, I have seen E8's and the Alco's many times too. Even in the same day they may use diffrent power, they keep you guessing.

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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby RS115 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:18 pm

The E units were long-departed visitors. #20 spends most of it's time down in Linden switching the former Bayway refinery (forget what they call it now) periodically rotating to Morristown for inspection and maintenance. If one of the museum trains is happening when it's in town it gets used. Over the years museum trains have seen #20, 18 & 19, the departed F-40's, FL-9's and #21 plus probably some other things. It's whatever is in service at the moment that will do the job.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby airman00 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:29 pm

We had #18 for the musuem caboose train I took in september. The website said #21 was going to be the power, but then #18, plus #563, (sw1001? or sw1200?) was brought along to switch the cabooses from the siding onto the main. Then #18 powered the train.

It appears that M&E doesn't have alot of power left.

On a related note who owns #563? Is it an M&E engine? They could use that for museum power.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby Sid Farkus » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:42 pm

18 is almost always used on the seasonal trains and it has been usually 19 on the other end. If one of the FL9s are back ion NJ for maintenance than the FL9 will be used because it has HEP. I think with the ME is that they always use 18 and whatever is available and has easy accessibility.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby railroadcarmover » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:28 pm

The Bayway Refinery is known as Conoco Phillips. I rented my 5TM Trackmobile #6 to them in 2005 for a month so I spent some time in there doing service work on it.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby airman00 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:32 pm

#18 must then be their main engine for everything.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby Btkspot89 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:09 am

563 is property of the RRPX. 21 would normally be used on the ME excursions but as far as I have heard it is having some running issues. To say that the ME lacks power in my opinion is incorrect. It being a decent shortline has sufficent power to allow for it's daily operations. Also not to mention it has a couple reserve locomotives they keep spread through out their territory.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby Sid Farkus » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:55 pm

The Morristown & Erie will run 18 until the wheels fall off.
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Re: #20 sw1500 excursion power?

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:59 pm

18 and 20 are only two years apart in age-the former built 9/64 and the SW born October 1966 (originally RFP).
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