• Built in Schenectady or Erie?

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  by scottychaos
I always assumed this locomotive:

http://gold.mylargescale.com/Scottychao ... esel1.html

Was built in Schenectady, not Erie, because the builders plate says
"Schenectady, NY Made in the USA"
and makes no mention of Erie..
I just assumed that if a GE loco was built in Erie the plate would instead say:
"Erie, PA Made in the USA"

There were three of the GE 2-foot gauge locos built..
(details in the webpage linked above)

But I just received an email stating the units were in fact built at Erie,
and the plates only say "Schenectady" on them because GE's headquarters was in Schenectady at the time...but that doesnt mean the units were built there. Im skeptical of that..but I dont know for sure either way..

First, were GE switchers ever built at Schenectady?

Second, if yes, are there builders plates on GE locomotives from the era (1949) that say either Erie or Schenectady? depending on where the loco was built?

Or.. do ALL plates say Schenectady, regardless of whether they were built at Erie or Schenectady?

or..were all locos built at Erie, none at Schenectady, but the plates all say Schenectady anyway?

or..well, you get the idea! :wink:

here is a photo of the plate:

http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo ... 3AEdaville


  by Kuyahoora Valley

The Second Diesel Spotters Guide has a brief sentence on page GE-137 which says "Heavy Locomotives have always been produced at the GE plant at Erie, Pa. Light locomotives were produced for a period at GE's Schenectady plant."

Not definitive for this locomotive but makes it plausible.


  by scottychaos
Thanks Bill!
thats helps! :P

I did some more research on this,
and found this plate:


which clearly says Erie, Pa..not Schenectady.
and that is from this engine:

http://www.whitepassfan.net/whitepass/e ... 90/93.html

built in 1956.
only 7 years after the 2-foot gauge GE's.

So clearly some plates say Erie, some say Schenectady.
its only logical that the place name on the plate would reflect the place the unit was built.


  by pablo
There were a number of little units built at Schenectady. My father was a welder in the turbine unit there, and I remember going to an open house and seeing two industrial units there that had been built on site.

I also vaguely remember a conversation here that discussed some ALCOs being put together on site as well...and that's plausible too, since the two sites were both in Schenectady. I don't have any serial numbers or anything to support that, but I think it was discussed.

Dave Becker