LAL C420

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LAL C420

Postby alcoc420 » Sat Aug 07, 2004 8:07 pm

I visited the Livonia, Avon and Lakeville RR south of Rochester this past Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The ex LIRR C420 #? (now LAL 420) was looking good and working well. It ran with a C424M on Wednesday and Friday. It ran as the lead unit northbound, but the long hood faced the rear of the train. The locomotive was shiny except for below the sills. The cab was remarkably clean and new in appearance. The builder's plate read: Built 12/63. The engines did not smoke much, even when accelerating.

The C420 is little changed from LIRR days. The marker lights on the short hood are still there. The marker lights on the long hood are plated over. The snow cover has been placed over the upper third of the central air intake.The snow plows are different.

Also present in the shop and yard were an S-2 (built July 1941), another C424M, a C425, two C430's (ex NYSW, CR, PC, NYC), and three C424 Phase I's (ex GBW, EL), two AAR Type B trucks and an Alco Hi-Ad B truck.
The last 5 mentioned locomotives were stored, but the C430's looked in to be in good shape. The S-2 did switching and looked good.

Pretty neat railroad. I recommend anyone visiting the area check it out. If you sign a release they let you walk around the property.
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Postby lirrmike » Sat Aug 07, 2004 8:24 pm

Pictures my man, pictures! Please post some. I haven't had an ALCO in a while. LOL.


Postby jayrmli » Sat Aug 07, 2004 8:25 pm

FYI, that C420 is the class unit, No. 200. I hope to get up there soon myself. I've wanted to see their operation for some time.

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Postby scopelliti » Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:33 am

Checkout for some photos, etc. about the railroad
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Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:10 pm

The folks at the LAL take pride in the road and the equipment. They don't run dirty for very long... equipment is always clean and well maintained.

Likewise, polite and well-behaved railfans are welcome to sign a release at the main office in Lakeville for photography.

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Postby Legio X » Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:21 am

I may be wrong, but I think the Buffalo Southern C-420 is the former LIRR #221. If I'm correct, was'nt this owned by NYS&W before the BS?
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Postby trainspot » Mon Aug 30, 2004 1:10 pm

Yes, it did come from NYSW where it had a few numbers! (to add to the confusion!) The LA&L 420 is ex-LI 200
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