• Well Traveled 70 Tonner Preserved in Ohio

  • A general discussion about shortlines, industrials, and military railroads
A general discussion about shortlines, industrials, and military railroads

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  by Rick Rowlands
 
Some of you may be familiar with two first generation GE 70 tonners in Hubbard, Ohio. They were both recently replaced with recently acquired 44 tonners but instead of being scrapped one of the two will be preserved.

Ellwood Engineered Castings has agreed to donate one of the 70 tonners to the Tod Engine Foundation, and the locomotive will be moved to Youngstown, OH for display.

The two locomotives were built in 1942 and sold to the New York Central. Both were used in the Buffalo area and were later sold to Standard Slag. SS then later sold the locomotives to Valley Mould & Iron in Hubbard and they both served VM and successor EEC until being retired.

Ironically I operated both locomotives when I worked for EEC in 1999-2000.

Apparently some railfan in the 1990s sent a letter to EEC explaining the historic significance of the locomotives. That letter is what prompted the company to want to preserve one of the units. So thanks to whomever wrote that letter.

Here is one of the units on a Saturday in 2000 when I brought my camera to work.

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