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LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Catch A Train » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:01 pm

I haven't seen any lirr orange and grey switchers for a while now. Last time I saw one was in 2009. Do they still run?
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Head-end View » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Seems to me I've seen that pair a lot more recently, unless time is going faster than even I thought it was. Used to see them going west between Jamaica and Harold on track-1 or 2 in mid-afternoon, weekdays.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby ConstanceR46 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:01 am

They were the Harold Protect engines incase a MU set failed. They had a MU coupler in addition to Knuckle couplers. They were cut around 2011 and one went to be a general purpose utility engine.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Head-end View » Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:35 pm

ConstanceR46, are you saying it was 2011 when they were last seen daily on that afternoon westbound run to Harold? It seems to me I've seen them more recently than that, but with time passing so much faster with the aging process, my memory could be failing me. :(
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Crabman1130 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:25 pm

NY&A returned 2 engines to the LIRR in the gray and orange recently. Maybe that's what you're thinking of.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby nyandw » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:04 am

Last one I have: Image
LIRR #104-#102 at the renovated Woodside station. The supports between the tracks are
for offloading ramps to access the cars on the center tracks. 10/2010 Archive: Dave Keller
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Bad Luck » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:20 am

Though just given some attention recently, the 102 had not even run since August of 2013; the 104 was OOS before that. These were the original orange/grey Harold Protect E-10s.

The two returned that were back to the Long Island, repainted into orange/grey in Pond last year, were the 105 & 106. The pair was operational at the time and has not been in active service since being returned. A complete waste.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby SwingMan » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:35 am

The 105 and 106 were in need of asbestos abatement as of their delivery to LIRR last year.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Head-end View » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:56 pm

That photo of 102-104 going thru Woodside is exactly what I remember seeing a few years back. Photo is dated 2010. Hmmm.......... :(
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby tahawus84 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:28 pm

Great photo. I miss the times when the railroad actually took pride in the way their equipment looks.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Backshophoss » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:51 pm

This was an attempt to acknowledge some of LIRR's history,however the repaints were "brush and roller" jobs,as LIRR no longer has a paint booth,
and with little to no surface prep before the repaint.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby nyandw » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:53 pm

Backshophoss wrote:This was an attempt to acknowledge some of LIRR's history,however the repaints were "brush and roller" jobs,as LIRR no longer has a paint booth, and with little to no surface prep before the repaint.


Shame... The NYA did the same on their hacks?
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby RGlueck » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 am

I see no reason why the LIRR shouldn't be celebrated as an individual organization of the MTA. I still would press that some Diesel locomotives be given heritage paint schemes, and some publicity go with it. Something like "spotters" checklists, explaining each era, and what that paint scheme represents. Trying to smear the regional railroads into a blue and white "M"ush is a historical disservice and an opportunity wasted.
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby Head-end View » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:16 pm

It has been previously stated here by those in the know, that MTA's attitude is (or was) that the LIRR did not exist before they (the MTA) came along, and they do not want to acknowledge anything but themselves in connection with the LIRR. Though that seems inconsistent with photos on the walls at main-line stations showing the LIRR back in the 1950's, etc. We were also told that the gray/orange paint job was done on the sly, over a weekend when management was not present, or some such thing, so it was done before anyone important actually saw it. (Very Robert Moses-like LOL) :wink:
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Re: LIRR Orange And Grey Switcher Locomotives

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:31 pm

I refer to orange/grey as the World's Fair livery, debuting on the MP75s.
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