Whatever did happen to the L2s?

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Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby ConstanceR46 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:02 am

Were they scrapped? Did they make it to somewhere in South America? What if i'm a L2 and i don't know it?

I'm just curious if it's gotten a bit less fuzzy with regards to where they went.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby Bad Luck » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:49 am

Scrapped at Naporano.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby nyandw » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:35 am

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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby Teutobergerwald » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:49 am

The 222, 223,224,225,226,227,228 & 229 were THE engines to see on the LIRR, especially in the '80s, when the freight business suddenly became a fraction of what it had been up to the late 70s.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby ConstanceR46 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:20 am

I appreciate the responses, but where in South America did they go, if they went, or were they confined to being gutted at Nap's?
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby RGlueck » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:41 am

The L2 C420's were retired in good condition, and operable, right up to the day they went to Naparano. The scrapper tried to sell them as functioning locomotives. I understand the fact they were ALCO's (spare parts issues) and the asking price, worked in tandem to make the less attractive. They were scrapped at Naparano, even though they had nothing wrong with them.

I'm sure you know, the L2's arrived with high-adhesion trucks. They did not ride as well as their older sisters, and were less popular with crews. The irony is, three of the older L1's remain in service or awaiting repairs in storage, today. One, #211, is being parted out by D-L, or has been and will then be cut up. #200, the first C420, lives on!
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby DutchRailnut » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:14 am

parts should not have been problem the electricals were GE and the engine, ALCO 251 is still in production and available new .
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby ConstanceR46 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:19 pm

So i'm assuming everything saying they made the trip was bougus? I forget the name or country, but i'm pretty sure where they were going was operable once, was a baxuite operation, and had a pair of RSD15s.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby Backshophoss » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:41 pm

In the end they were cut up with a very few going to shortlines across the US
The Trains are fun site has the best info on the disposition of the L-1 and L-2 classes.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby nyandw » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:59 pm

Backshophoss wrote:In the end they were cut up with a very few going to shortlines across the US
The Trains are fun site has the best info on the disposition of the L-1 and L-2 classes.


I'm always open to updates, etc:http://www.trainsarefun.com/lirr/lirrc420.htm to keep it accurate. :-)
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby ConstanceR46 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:44 am

L-2s made it to shortlines? That's news.
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Re: Whatever did happen to the L2s?

Postby RGlueck » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:46 am

The L1's had very strong careers around the nation and in Canada. Roberville & Saguenay ran them for a long time. A few went to Mexico, where at least one is preserved. The L2's went to scrap as a block. None ever saw service again. None were exported.
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