SRNJ M420 803

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SRNJ M420 803

Post by BrianM »

The SRNJ has painted their first M420, the 3517. The unit has been renumbered to 803. Once the other units are painted, they will also be renumbered. All that was really done, was paintout what was yellow, ex-Stl&A unit, into red. Graphics have been added to the unit today.

There is still some more work to do, white chevrons on nose and rear, white mask on front cab windows, white handrails & grabs and new numberboards (decals placed over existing until new ones go in).

I uploaded a picture of the unit after the graphics had been added. It is under the roster section on the SRNJ site.

Brian

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Post by Luther Brefo »

Looks pretty good. I like the red and black. It looks clean. I also noted that the ditch lights have been more Americanized :) Let us know when the final additions are on.
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Post by BrianM »

The ditch lights housing had been custom made by a shop in NJ.

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Post by MEC407 »

Is SRNJ still using the U18B?
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Post by BrianM »

The unit really has not been used much. There are a few problems with it. It is a shame that they could not have picked up the 2 MEC units (the ones they really wanted) instead of this unit.

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Post by MEC407 »

Yeah, that is a shame. The MEC 404 and 407 were (and possibly still are) pretty good runners. A little basic TLC and they would have been good workhorses.

I still can't figure out why that Canadian company bought them, only to park them and let them rot, and then refuse to even entertain the idea of reselling them. Very odd.

Nevertheless, it would be nice if SRNJ could get the ex-P&W 1801 rolling again. Do you happen to know what kinds of problems it has? The 8cyl FDL is an attractive engine in these days of sky-high oil prices. (IIRC, its fuel economy is about 25%-30% better than a GP9 or GP38.)
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Post by BrianM »

From what I understand, it is electrical.

As for the MEC units, I have called Canada a few times trying to get them but no luck. I was told there a few things going on with them but they would not say what.

But the SRNJ is looking at another ALCO at this time. I will keep you guys posted once I know more.

Brian

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