Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

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Re: Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

Postby BR&P » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:06 am

I don't think they are "bad on the track" generally speaking. "pressure on the rails" does not compute. If I understand correctly the big issue FGLK had with them was there were too many places they could not go due to the long wheelbase. Inside the army base? Guaranteed derailment. Around the curve at Victor Insulators? Forget it! Phelps Supply? Not a good idea! 4 axle power is more versatile and flexible in the assignments it can work.
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Re: Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

Postby lvrr325 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:56 pm

C628s had tri-mount trucks with an uneven axle spacing which made them rougher.

So far as I know there's just a few tight spots that are real issues, like the curve by the prison in Auburn. But as noted the six axle power isn't as flexible to use in tight spots on sidings and so forth. I would imagine the ramp down to the former PRR is tough too. Other than parts of the former LV none of it was ever a mainline.
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Re: Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

Postby nydepot » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:39 pm

And yet if you look at roads that traditionally had 4-axle power, it's gone now, replaced by 6-axle. So many of the old Rail America and G&W family roads are 6-axle now. Even SD70s on the Vermont Ry.
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Re: Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:36 am

BR&P's point about 6 axle power on tight curves is valid. However, FGLK already had the B23-7s, U23B, GP9s and leased switchers which could handle Kendaia and Victor Insulators. According to my source, the SD38-2s were particularly rough on the track at Martisco's hill and the FGLK track gang didn't like them at all. The GP38-2s have mostly been sighted on GS2, but they have powered other trains, as well.
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Re: Finger Lakes Railway (FGLK) Discussion

Postby lvrr325 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:26 pm

? Up through Martisco is the section Conrail redid with welded 155-lb relay rail, although somewhere between there and the 321 overpass I believe it changes back to bolted.
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