BN/EL power agreement of the late 60s early 70s

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BN/EL power agreement of the late 60s early 70s

Post by Railjunkie »

Asking for a friend, he is currently modeling the Maybrook in the early PC years. We know the BN power went as far as Maybrook yard but there is no evidence of BN power making it to Cedar Hill. Does anyone have any knowledge of this agreement or any pics to prove they actually did. Cab signals were definitely an issue.

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Re: BN/EL power agreement of the late 60s early 70s

Post by Engineer Spike »

I’m fairly certain that the pooled power wouldn’t have gone on the New Haven. I grew up in New Haven territory, and have never heard of any Q power. Maybe it ran on some trains to the east coast. The pooled power might have more likely ran from somewhere like Cicero, or even Galesburg. On EL it probably ran to Marion, OH, where cars were classified for points east.

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Re: BN/EL power agreement of the late 60s early 70s

Post by Statkowski »

Cab signals or lack thereof would not have been a problem. EL power running on the New Haven was done occasionally, on the rare side. One story is that EL power was loaned to the New Haven for use only from Maybrook to Cedar Hill and return. One day an EL bigwig was in Springfield, Mass. waiting for a train and watched in amazement as a pair of EL units rolled across the B&A diamonds onto the B&M tracks with a Cedar Hill/Springfield job. The power-hungry New Haven engine dispatcher used what was available. And thus ended EL loaning units to the New Haven.

The Lehigh & Hudson River had a special nuclear reactor shipment for either Electric Boat Company or the Navy Sub Base at Groton, Connecticut. L&HR power all the way. The L&HR had a trainmaster ride with the engines to ensure they were promptly returned without any side trips.

Never heard of Burlington Northern units making it to Cedar Hill, though. PRR sharks, maybe.

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