• M&E locomotive catches fire

  • Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.
Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.

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  by roachcoach1186
 
http://www.dailyrecord.com/apps/pbcs.dl ... 005/NEWS01

BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
DAILY RECORD

HANOVER -- Railroad workers using torches to cut up an old freight locomotive for scrap metal started a small fire this morning that was quickly put out by the Cedar Knolls Fire Department.

The workers apparently cut into a part of the locomotive that is insulated with a flammable material, Cedar Knolls Fire Chief Jim Davidson said. The fire scorched the cab of a locomotive at the Morristown &-Erie Railway yard at the corner of South Jefferson Road and Eden Lane.

No one was hurt, officials said. The fire was called in about 11:15 a.m. and was put out in a matter of minutes. Fire officials said it was similar to putting out a car fire.

"One of our firefighters was driving by after refueling an ambulance, saw the smoke and called it in," Davidson said.

Al Siebold, a Morristown & Erie official, said it's not uncommon for workers cutting into locomotives to ignite insulation in metal doors, which usually is made of plywood or particleboard.

"It's kind of routine, and they normally handle it with a fire extinguisher," said Siebold, a special agent with the Morristown & Erie railroad police. "It just got away."

The fire was contained to one of two diesel-electric locomotives hitched together at the rail yard. Siebold said both locomotives were scheduled to be cut up for scrap metal. They are about 50 years old, he said, and had been used years ago to haul freight. Diesel engines that provided power for electric motors to run the locomotives already had been removed, he said.

  by Luther Brefo
 
What engines were they scrapping?
  by Sandy Burton
 
Luther, check the Morristown Diesel Doings thread.

Sandy

  by Luther Brefo
 
So would that be the RS-11 and the GP9?

  by railroadcarmover
 
It would be the 2 RS 11's.

The GP9 is getting a 567 transplant.