FA's in Passenger Service

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atlpete
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FA's in Passenger Service

Post by atlpete » Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:26 pm

Recently purchased Morning Sun's, Lehigh Valley vol2 and was surprised and delighted to see photos of LV passenger train being pulled by an A-B FA set in winter due to the 'Valley doubling up their PA's for extra power and heat. I thought I had a complete list of the roads, including foreign, where FA's served in this capacity BUT apparently not. So any additions to below list would be greatly appreciated especially if you can site reference/source. Ive seen photos of all the following
CN(famously), Cuba, Unidos de Yucatan, NdeM (got to be some more foreign rds. did this, anyone?) with MP, GN, SP&S, regularly scheduled, B&O, L&N, LV, SLSF, RI "pinch hitters". at least according to photo captions or video. Never seen one on the following- NYC, PRR, NH, RDG, GM&O, C&NW, MKT, SOO(maybe mixed like SP&S?) UP, EL, WAB omitting freight only roads like AA, GB&W, TC etc.
Anyone else got one?
Also, for clarity I'm referring to pulling engines(no LI sleds), original or "regular" roads as opposed to tourista's, excursions, or museums. TIA

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Post by alcoAL » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:13 pm

This link is a thread on the LIRR forum that lists the disposition of the LIRR power packs, ALCO & EMD. Some have been made into real engines again. Hope it helps.

http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=18311

Ol' Loco Guy

Post by Ol' Loco Guy » Mon Nov 14, 2005 6:25 pm

The New Haven used FA's in Boston commuter service as needed.

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FAs in passenger service

Post by skeeda » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:22 pm

pages 62-63 of the new TLC book on the Tennessee Central show one of their FAs working a passenger train

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Post by SSW9389 » Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:23 am

L&N had 5 FPA-2s #350-352 and #383-384. Source L&N Diesel locomotives by Castner, Flanary, & Gordon p. 29. Note says these units were often used to power the Kentucky Derby Specials each year.
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Post by SSW9389 » Thu Nov 24, 2005 8:28 am

Pacifico #901-904 were FPA-2s built in 5/54. Source X2233.
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Post by Tadman » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:24 pm

Foggy memory: Some J. Parker Lamb photos of GM&O FA's pulling a passenger train. Black and white photos. Published in Trains Illustrated originally, but recently in Trains again. Good luck finding them, as I think my TI copies are long gone. What a great magazine that was.

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Thanks

Post by atlpete » Thu Dec 08, 2005 7:58 pm

Thanks to all for posts, my list has grown and my appetite whetted for finding photos of all, except the Pacifico's - I should have remembered that one myself, thanks SSW9389. I hope someone does a book on the FD-Pacifico in the near future like the morning sun volume on the NdeM, (ChP would be nice too) Likewise comparatively GM&O passenger service has been languishing in obscurity too, especially the non-Alton lines south of St Louis, love those Dl's and PA's (and even FA's!) maybe Lamb or Goen will rise to the challange. TA

stargate

Post by stargate » Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:38 am

Don't forget that CN sent units to VIA. :-D

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