Preserving LIRR ALCO's

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Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by RGlueck » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:01 am

May I suggest RS3 #1556 might be leased to DL, the ALCO preservation specialists, in return for the restored car body of LIRR 211. The big C420's are well remembered and well loved. The RS3 is a critical piece of Dieselization history which walks hand in glove with G5s #39. After restoration to operation, DL keeps the RS3 in early LIRR colors as a concession to history. The lease continues for "X" many years, and everyone is happy. Eventually, RMLI gets their operating RS3 in return, has another historical shell locomotive, and shows the flag near Steamtown. In addition, RMLI funds can be used to repair and further restore equipment already on hand.

A few flies in the ointment: Does the 211 shell even still exist?
How far from operational is the RS3?
Would DL even be interested in the project?
Does the RMLI Board want to even approach this idea?

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by n2qhvRMLI » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:08 pm

Thanks for the shout out Dick,

Currently there is no interest in renting out the RS-3 from the Railroad Museum of Long Island.

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Don

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by RGlueck » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:34 pm

It is an interesting idea, Don. Perhaps worth looking over. Just a thought, and merely that.

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by Islanderh93 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:12 pm

Instead of sending the engine off to serve a foreign road for decades, would it be possible to just pay the DL to fix it in their shops? It'd take fundraisers or some other method of getting them the money, but the DL has demonstrated they can fix a 244 block better than anyone else in the east.

I've heard many stories from neighboring roads that their mechanic has helped keep alcos running across the region; maybe 1556 can even be fixed on-site?

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by RGlueck » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:28 pm

As nice as the dream might be, RMLI is juggling funds to get the G5s rebuilt. Unless the RS3 produced revenue for the museum, they'd be foolish to invest ahead of the G5s. My opinion. With any project of this magnitude, one thing should be done well before spreading resource too thin.

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by ConstanceR46 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:34 pm

As of 2019, with the LIRR's current climate to excursions, getting 1556 repaired would just cost money without anything meaninful coming out of it. Unless you'd hire it to the NYA or NYNJ -of course, that's less likely than discovering a T1 in a bricked up tunnel.

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by hondajohn » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:51 am

What types of repairs does 1556 need? Is there internal damage or wear of some kind, or has it simply been sitting idle for too long and needs to be freshened up?

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by Crabman1130 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:04 am

hondajohn wrote:What types of repairs does 1556 need? Is there internal damage or wear of some kind, or has it simply been sitting idle for too long and needs to be freshened up?
I remember reading that cement was thrown in the stack

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by hondajohn » Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:13 am

Cement in the stack?! That's extremely targeted and specific, and sounds like somebody with a grudge. Was the vandal ever caught?

I assume that the turbocharger was destroyed by the cement, but did it get as far as the valves or cylinders?

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Re: Preserving LIRR ALCO's

Post by Ðauntless » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:24 pm

1556 has a brand new turbo.

But there is plenty of other work it needs.
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