Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

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Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby Matt_S » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:48 am

Visited the ALP44 lineup (for strictly photography based purposes) on the Lackawanna Cutoff this last weekend, and found that four examples; 4421, 4424, 4429, and 4430, were not there with the rest of the roster. After a short search on Google Maps, I was able to locate them, appearing to still be at the Meadowlands yard. Does anyone know the status of these four and why they weren't stored with the rest? Are they being stored serviceable for MOW or backup purposes?
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Re: Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby trainster78 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:38 pm

These four are the only ALP-44s that are not stripped down, and are completely operational (minus SEPTA 2308). From what I hear they were supposed to return to service for Morristown Direct services. I don’t know how accurate the second part is, but the first part I confirmed myself.
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Re: Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:53 pm

trainster78 wrote:These four are the only ALP-44s that are not stripped down, and are completely operational (minus SEPTA 2308). From what I hear they were supposed to return to service for Morristown Direct services.
Might have something to do with the ALP44s unable to handle the heavy load of Multilevels.
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.
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Re: Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby sullivan1985 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:15 pm

They're stored in the MMC completely intact. They haven't turned a wheel in years. Nobody can provide a straight answer as to what the plan is Rumor suggested they were the "floor models" for selling the rest of the fleet off. Others suggested they are a backup plan for the inevitable retirement of the Arrow IIIs on the Gladstone Branch.

At this point anybody's guess is good enough.
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Re: Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby trainster78 » Fri May 04, 2018 5:49 am

They haven't turned a wheel on their own but in 2015 they were able to be viewed from outside the MMC, and now they are inside somewhere.
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Re: Four ALP44s not on the Lackawanna Cutoff

Postby ALP45DP 4515 » Fri May 04, 2018 5:56 am

Only if the money was available to bring them back into service to help ease with the upcoming cabcar/locomotive shortage.
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