PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

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PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby Alcoman » Mon Jul 14, 2008 12:00 pm

On other topic we were talking about the RELCO HH660 # 603. It bring to mind that we have not heard much about Relco # 606-X-Buffalo Creek # 43.
Anyone hear new "News"?
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby smph50 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 11:46 am

:-D Hi All! I finished updating the story of #43's move in November 2009 on our WebSite. Progress so far, pictures of the work that took place before the move and video's. John helped me get this project going three years ago! Thank You John!

http://www.trainweb.org/wnyrhs/bc432009.htm

I'll keep you posted on my progress. Sincerely, Scott
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby Alcoman » Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:24 pm

I am very pleased to see progress made on this Alco. Good luck Scott and the rest of the WNYHS in restoring this rare Alco. Keep us posted on its progress.
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby krobar » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:54 pm

I wish the folks on the D-L would take a look at the former DL&W HH that Relco has (had?). Either they or someone at Steamtown since it would fit in with the stuff they have there at the time period they are portraying.
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby Alcoman » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:06 pm

That locomotive has been sold to the scrap company (Behr).
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby smph50 » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:34 am

Hi Guys!

Wow, has it really been 6 years since we poked this thread?

Last Saturday, July 30th 2016 my small crew of guys and I reached a milestone in the restoration of Buffalo Creek #43. We got it started and it ran good for the first time in 17 years. Keep in mind there were just two of us for the first five years since I started this project in 2006. We now have four regular guys in Hamburg at one time. We were ready late last summer but scheduling problems with the Buffalo Southern railroad prevented the big event. The video below explains most of the details but feel free to add any question you might have.

We tried on July 23rd but did not have enough battery power to crank the prime mover fast enough. (only 64 volts for a 112 volt system) On the 30th, we had 80 volts and BSOR ALCO S2 #100 to keep eight of the batteries fully charged. Being tethered to the battery cables prevented us from moving but ALL systems checked out great!

The Heritage Discovery Center in Buffalo still has no tracks but eventually #43 will make its home there as a operational historical display. Until then since we now have a a running locomotive, we can go after funding to buy our own batteries and and other maintenance supplies.

Sincerely, Scott H.

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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby Allen Hazen » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:13 pm

Smph50--
That's great news! You and your band have my admiration for your dedication to the cause.
Curiosity question: in BCR 43 one of the High Hoods with GE electrical gear or one of the ones with W'house?
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Postby smph50 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:16 am

Hello Allen,

Thank you for the kind words! There is still some work to do but it is rewarding to see what we have accomplished.

#43 was built with all GE electrical equipment.
And 99% of everything still works! A real testimony to ALCO, its suppliers and the guys who took pride in their work 76 years ago!

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Postby tgibson » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:26 am

Congratulations! I salute you for your dedication all those years. It finally paid off! Hope you get some place to run it around soon.
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby smph50 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:20 am

Hi Thibson!

Thanks for recognizing our efforts! Us "old guys" tend to stick to a project and see it through to an end.

Even if tracks are not ready at the museum, the BSOR wouldn't mind getting her out on the main after FRA certification.

We'll keep you posted. Sincerely, Scott
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Re: PRESERVED ALCO HH LOCOMOTIVES

Postby tgibson » Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:59 am

Looking forward to videos of her kicking up her heels on the main line (or in a yard).

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