Shop switcher 398

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Shop switcher 398

Postby BobLI » Mon May 17, 2004 6:37 am

Any one know the status of the shop switcher 398. I disappeared from the dead line at morris park last week.
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Postby LIengineerBob » Mon May 17, 2004 12:29 pm

The 398 was brought upstairs to the Richmond Hill Locomotive shop for rebuilding and/or as a source of spare parts for the 399. I'll get definitive answer tomorrow or as soon as possible.
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Postby Nasadowsk » Mon May 17, 2004 7:14 pm

Are those the cute little GE units?

Except for MUs, aren't those about the only GE's the LIRR has ever rostered?
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Postby EDM5970 » Mon May 17, 2004 8:19 pm

LIRR had a 44T, 400, that went to Black River in the mid 1960s, then to the Valley, as their 0800. I think Valley sold it to another museum in New England within the past few years, though.
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Postby jayrmli » Tue May 18, 2004 5:18 am

The 44 Tonner is now at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.

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Postby LIengineerBob » Tue May 18, 2004 11:39 am

Yes, the three 25 tonners, 397 to 399 and the 44 tonner 400 are the only GE's ever owned by the LIRR. The 398 and 399 were purchased new by the LI in (I think) 1958, and the 397 was bought from some other railroad or industrial user, whose name I don't recall at the moment.
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Postby lirrmike » Tue May 18, 2004 5:30 pm

It used to be the plant switcher at the LILCO Island Park powerstation. The only one, when the plants all burned coal, that got coal from the LIRR.

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Postby Legio X » Tue May 18, 2004 10:04 pm

When did they get 397 from LILCO, and for how much?
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Postby lirrmike » Thu May 20, 2004 4:17 am

I'd have to guess here. Being LILCO stopped burning coal in the late '60s, I'd say from around that time up to the early '70's. I haven't been able to find out anymore info on this engine, plus until about 10 years ago the switch to the plant and almost all the trackage was still in place. Alas, most is gone now.

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LIRR 400 at Valley Railroad

Postby scopelliti » Sat May 22, 2004 9:35 am

Here's the 400 when it was at Valley Railroad in late fall 2002 when a couple of us took
the "Your Hand on the Throttle" class (quite cool!)


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398 shop switcher

Postby BobLI » Tue May 25, 2004 6:16 am

I just saw the 398 this morning, and its leading the Dead Line at Morris Park. Looks like its not going to return to service. Any word on its status? thanks
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Postby EDM5970 » Tue May 25, 2004 6:39 am

Sorry, but that photo is not a 44T, but rather a 65 or 80T. The quick spotting features are that the steps are wrong for a 44T; a 44T (unless modified) has "ladders" and these are coach style steps. Also Valley numbered their 44T 0800, and this one is the 0900. Nice photo, though-

(Just looked it up, 5/28, VALE 0900 is an 80T, as are 0901 and Army 7145, all at Essex.)
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Postby LIengineerBob » Tue May 25, 2004 12:00 pm

The 398 was used as a spare parts source for the 399. I don't think parts for these little units are too easy to come by anymore!!
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Postby Nasadowsk » Tue May 25, 2004 1:51 pm

So why doesn't the LIRR just roll their own shop motor, again? They did it with the MP-54s, the result was kinda cute...

Let's see, a spare MP-15 truck, a bus engine spinning a generator....
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