LV 126

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LV 126

Postby Mike Stellpflug » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:14 pm

Saw this on railpictures.net this morning:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 52&nseq=20

Maybe Scott can verify that it is indeed an ex LV unit.

I'll be sure to stop at the Kiski Jct. RR the next time I go to Pittsburgh.

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Re: LV 126

Postby scottychaos » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:47 pm

Wow! :o
thats cool! :)

Is it the real LV 126? unknown..lets find out!
126 is listed as "status unknown" on the LV survivors page..
never confirmed scrapped, but also never confirmed surviving..

126 is one of the "rebuilds"..
LV 120 to 130 started out as NW1's of 1937 and 1938 vintage.
in the 50's, they were all sent to EMD, over the span of a few years, (not all at once) and they returned as SW900m's..
they were 90% rebuilt..
Some consider them different engines after they came back, some consider them the same engines, but heavily rebuilt.
its a grey area. To confuse it even further, the later ones received new builders numbers, but the earlier rebuilds didn't..
LV kept all the same road numbers, before and after the rebuilds.

Only two, so far, are confirmed surviving, 125 and 130.

Here is 125 today:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... d872448eda

and 130:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=39683

(many EMD switchers have received full-body handrails in recent years..that alone isnt a reliable spotting feature)
But 125 looks like a prefect match to the KJR 126!

Here is LV 126 in 1975:
http://trainmanty.rrpicturearchives.net ... id=1148162

wow, its looking good! not 100% confirmed yet..but comparing the real LV 126 photo to the "new" 126,
I see nothing that rules it out..everything seems to match..
I will google about some more! see if we can find out where 126 has been hiding all these years!
im not ready to call it yet..but its looking good! Its pretty likely we have a new LV survivor found! :)

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Re: LV 126

Postby scottychaos » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:54 pm

Found her! :)
She was listed on the LV survivors afterall! but as a "possible" survivor, not confirmed..
this is on the LV survivors page:

SW900m 126 Lady Jane Colliery, Penfield PA ex CR 8653 - was there in 1998.
info from the book "Comprehensive Guide to Industrial Locomotives" 1998 edition
more info on 126, from Ron Stafford:
Originally Lehigh Valley #126.
Original order #E198-1.
REBUILT to an SW900a 7/19/65 by EMD @ (unknown location).
Rebuilt order #7531-2! (records indicate this unit should be #7531-1).
To Conrail #8653.
To Reddinger Coal, Incorporated #8653 @ New Bethlehem, PA.
"stenciled" for Kittanning Freeport Coal Company (a Reddinger subsidiary).
To Reddinger Coal, Incorporated #8653 @ Colwell, PA ??/92.
To Lady Jane Collieries, Incorporated #8653 @ Penfield, PA 8/93.
Unit was observed in transit on Conrail at Northumberland, PA a few
years back and is suspected to now be at the PP&L (Pennsylvania Power &
Light) steam generating plant near Sunbury (Lady Jane Collieries - now closed
- was owned, either whole or in part, by PP&L).


Here is LV 126 (wearing her Conrail number 8653) in 2011:
http://dh7324.rrpicturearchives.net/sho ... id=2799039

So that will do it! thats confirms it for me..
LV 126 has been found! and painted in a very cool version of the Cornell Red scheme! :)
excellent! thanks Mike! :)
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Re: LV 126

Postby charlie6017 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:34 pm

Scot,

Great stuff, and glad she's confirmed......thanks for digging up the additional information!

Thanks Mike for finding her!

Cheers!

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Re: LV 126

Postby charlie6017 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:37 pm

It looks like Kiski Junction RR added most all of the out-board hand-rails recently as well.

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