As I recall, MTA / LIRR scrapped its 3 FL9AC's for no particular reason - I'd guess that some tourist RR's would have loved to have gotten them.
RGlueck wrote: Was that the final run of the ALCO C420's? They were repainted for the occasion.I believe that fan trip was to signal the end of the C-420's. Weren't some the L-2's sold to other railroads ? I know most of the L-1's were.
Retiring that fleet of perfectly operable locomotives was a real waste. They never saw service again and were cut up at Naparano.
RGlueck wrote: ↑Fri Nov 18, 2022 8:25 am The FL9's were New Haven locomotives, not LIRR. They were stored in Harmon for a awhile, then deteriorated to the point where scrapping was probably the only thing left to do, after parting them out. Don't mourn the FL9's. Mourn the C420's and the real LIRR locomotives.It's still a huge waste. I don't know how familiar you were with them, but beyond the early computers and the inverters, they ran well, were fairly fast, and amazing to look at and listen to, unlike the junkers that were bad even when new. But then again, LIRR never, apparently, wanted them, would love to drop service in diesel country if they could get away with it, and from everything I've heard, has never taken proper care of them.
newkirk wrote: ↑Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:11 pm Anyone have any info on this fan trip using LIRR hacks and passengers coaches ?BM - This was the Long Island Sunrise Trail-NRHS Caboose Coach fantrip on September 10, 1989.
It was a very warm and I heard that the cabooses were stifling.
(Garden City - Sept 10, 1989)
I [ don't remember that particular car, but I remember when barges took scores of NYC subway cars offshore and dumped them in the New York Bight as artificial reef structures./quote]
Do you mean the reefing program of twenty years ago ? I don't recall dumping old car bodies in the ocean 50 or 60 years ago.
August 2003 - 207th St yard