abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

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abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby izzy1975 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:50 am

over the weekend a friend of mine came across a couple of abandoned black and yellow diesels in Cape Vincent NY at a marina. Anyone here know what they are or wherethey came from. The pic he sent me via text mesage was hard to see. They look like Plymoth 10 ton switchers but very narrow long and short. Any comments or answers??????
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby DutchRailnut » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:59 am

If they are at a Marina, then it sure does not seem they are abandoned.
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby lvrr325 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:14 pm

I'm not sure how that exactly helps define anything one way or the other, but... I would think a marina it would be easy to track down who owns it and ask them, if you're looking to see about preserving one.

There's one like that outside of Auburn, or at least there was, same deal, not on the tracks, but next to Finger Lakes' main track, just someone's yard art.
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby RussNelson » Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:15 am

I just took a quick look using Google Maps and didn't see any sign of them. Do you have any better information as to their location?
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby goodnightjohnwayne » Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:40 am

More details are neccessary. The former depot is still extant as a marina, although I can't imagine that any sort of locomotive would be in the vicinity, unless it had been trucked in quite recently.
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby scharnhorst » Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:12 am

lvrr325 wrote:I'm not sure how that exactly helps define anything one way or the other, but... I would think a marina it would be easy to track down who owns it and ask them, if you're looking to see about preserving one.

There's one like that outside of Auburn, or at least there was, same deal, not on the tracks, but next to Finger Lakes' main track, just someone's yard art.



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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby lvrr325 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:32 pm

It was next to Hidden Valley Drive, visibile from Route 5/Grant Ave.; current Birds-Eye view it looks to be gone and the business it was located by (white or grey block building) is vacant. Bright yellow 8 or 10-ton Plymouth switcher, not much bigger than a pickup truck, and no wider than track gauge. Wouldn't be the first time someone else knew something you didn't...
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby Marty Feldner » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:17 pm

To bring this back to Cape Vincent...

I haven't been to the Marina in maybe 8 years (and that was just to check out the station); there were no locomotives there then. A friend, Brian Wood, lived there for several years. He was back up a couple of weeks ago and checked out the area. Here's what he found:

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A pair of ex- US Army (USAX) 12 ton Plymouths. More of his shots here:

http://s1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc5 ... 0critters/

I also found this online:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1745019

No idea whose they are, where they came from, or how they wound up where they are.

(If you look at the Marina in either Google Earth or Bing Maps, the units are west of the station, next to the large storage building. Brian couldn't tell if they were on rails, or just sitting on the ground.)
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:39 am

That's awesome! I want one just to put in my backyard!
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby tree68 » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:00 pm

Hmmm. Wonder if they planned on using them to haul boats out of the water...
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby scharnhorst » Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:00 am

lvrr325 wrote:It was next to Hidden Valley Drive, visibile from Route 5/Grant Ave.; current Birds-Eye view it looks to be gone and the business it was located by (white or grey block building) is vacant. Bright yellow 8 or 10-ton Plymouth switcher, not much bigger than a pickup truck, and no wider than track gauge. Wouldn't be the first time someone else knew something you didn't...



Ok I think I know the pace your talking about the old guy that owned the place used to run a Demoltion/selvage company he did have a small yellow unit there. I went there about 17 maybe 18 years ago when he had a few Caboose stoves listed in the penny saver.
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby izzy1975 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:54 am

thank you for posting those pics Marty. those r the ones i was talking about. my laptop crashed so i couldnt get back to any one
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby Marty Feldner » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:11 pm

Inquiries are out for the 'back' story. If and when I hear more, I'll post.
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby izzy1975 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:16 pm

sounds great thanks
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Re: abandoned diesels in Cape Vincent NY

Postby The Man » Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:01 pm

When I was working in Florida Railstar was the owner and they are based out of Cape Vincent, they also have the Erie Canal railroad in Rome, a marina in Cape Vincent as well as the Loop in CO. So I would be willing to bet they are Ron Trotiers. He is a nice guy and I am sure if you are up there he would love to talk trains with you if he's not busy with a project. He also has a few old steam engines in Watertown.

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