Static Exhibit LIRR 417

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Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby RGlueck » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:06 am

Taken last Saturday, August/2017 The remains of LIRR S1 switcher 417, in Colonie, NY/ Startlingly, the body and rails are in solid condition, but everything else is long gone. Cab floor is rotten.
I understand CPR has plans to recover the scrap, but here is an example of a classic LIRR switcher, which if gutted, could be painted up and "safed" as a "Please Touch" exhibit. Something similar has been done to an ex-EL Alco in a NYC park.

I know it doesn't have roller bearings or brakes, and I know it costs money. This is why we have education grants.
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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby ConstanceR46 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:51 pm

If our preservation groups could bring er home that would be nice.

if they weren't too busy arguing about RS3 colors
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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby ConstanceR46 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:56 am

Well, she's gone; there goes another part of the LIRR's history.
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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby RGlueck » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:30 pm

Was she cut up on site? Any pictures of the scrapping?
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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby Cameron Wolk » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:55 pm

RGlueck wrote:Taken last Saturday, August/2017 The remains of LIRR S1 switcher 417, in Colonie, NY/ Startlingly, the body and rails are in solid condition, but everything else is long gone. Cab floor is rotten.
I understand CPR has plans to recover the scrap, but here is an example of a classic LIRR switcher, which if gutted, could be painted up and "safed" as a "Please Touch" exhibit. Something similar has been done to an ex-EL Alco in a NYC park.

I know it doesn't have roller bearings or brakes, and I know it costs money. This is why we have education grants.

Hi Rich, myself and president Fisher have deliberated much over this topic in the past and had come to the conclusion she was not worth saving. The #417 was offered to Twin Forks NRHS over two decades ago and they refused the offer then due to the poor mechanical condition of the unit (cracked block). Both organizations lacked the funds to move the locomotive and with other projects ongoing there was no possibility of this succeeding. I spoke with the owner, Mr. Jedlicka a month ago on the matter. Mr. Colangelo from the DL spoke of parting her out and the rest would be torched accordingly. We are unfortunate she couldn't be saved but her parts will enable other historic Alcos to keep running in the years to come.

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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby RGlueck » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:16 pm

Cameron, is she being towed to DL for "harvesting" or being cut up on the site? Is she already gone?

If Twin Forks has the money available, or if any LIRR historical group has the money, bringing home one of the last C420's would be a prime goal. It doesn't appear that RS3 #1556 will run again, but a well cared for static line of representative locomotives could be valuable. Yeah, I know, it's money, but consider what we would give today to have a C-Liner other FM from our past.

Thinking aloud.
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Re: Static Exhibit LIRR 417

Postby Cameron Wolk » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:32 pm

RGlueck wrote:Cameron, is she being towed to DL for "harvesting" or being cut up on the site? Is she already gone?

If Twin Forks has the money available, or if any LIRR historical group has the money, bringing home one of the last C420's would be a prime goal. It doesn't appear that RS3 #1556 will run again, but a well cared for static line of representative locomotives could be valuable. Yeah, I know, it's money, but consider what we would give today to have a C-Liner other FM from our past.

Thinking aloud.

The #417 is gone for good, one of Colangelo's associates had her parted a few weeks ago from what I hear. I've consulted about such an idea with Fisher and he is not interested. Right now we are focused on bringing that Lehigh Valley trailer we found upstate back home and getting the #1 ready for the summer season. I'm at odds with the museum board right now, if they couldn't step up with the steam generator transplant then I'm not sure we're capable anymore of tackling large scale projects. I have considered leasing the #1556 to the DL which may serve a better use for her than rusting away for an eternity. We'll see where we are in the next 5 years.

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