• Maine Central RS-11s - MEC 801 & 802

  • Discussion relating to the pre-1983 B&M and MEC railroads. For current operations, please see the Pan Am Railways Forum.
Discussion relating to the pre-1983 B&M and MEC railroads. For current operations, please see the Pan Am Railways Forum.

Moderator: MEC407

  by CN9634
Hey guys. My Dad picked up the new Atlas RS11's painted MEC 801 and 802 yesterday. Dang are they fine! For those of you who are hobbists, the 801 and 802 were released long ago, but were quickly a rare item! A few years ago, Atlas redid there RS-11 models and released a Green MEC 801 and 802 (Which we have as well). Now, they've re-released the Yellow 801 and 802 and boy let my tell you, they're beautiful! I'll grab some pictures but in the mean time, check this out!

Next thing coming is the Intermountain U18B's!! :-D

  by wolfmom69
Saw them this week at Maine Modelworks, and they are great!

Best thing about the "real" 801 and 802 is that they
were NEVER desecrated in Guilford Gray!
  by wseamo1
Does anyone know the bank or financial institution that financed Maine Centrals RS-11s? Better yet,
does anyone have a good image of the trust plate. I cannot find any information on the trust plate.

  by MEC407
Speaking of the MEC RS-11s, here is a nice photo from 1981 by Chuck Schwesinger:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=463370" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

802 in 1984 roster shot by "railfanbear":

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=5645" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

801 in 1966 by Donald Haskel:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=255791" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by RGlueck
Does either locomotive still exist?
  by MEC407
According to several web sites, 802 was scrapped in 1984 at the D&H shop in Colonie. However, Bill Gingrich (curator of the GuilfordRailSightings locomotive rosters) states that 802 was sold in 1988 and scrapped later that year. Bill also states that 801 was scrapped at Colonie in 1989.
  by MEC407
802 in 1973 by David Hawkins:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=463853" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Engineer Spike
Wasn't at least one of them originally Portland Terminal?
  by MEC407
According to this web page, the second unit was originally built as PTM 1082 and then changed to MEC 802 five months later.
  by MEC407
Here's a great shot of 802, appearing to be fresh out of the paint booth, in 1981:

Photo by David Hawkins: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=476956" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Interestingly, in this shot it doesn't have the green roof that it had in subsequent years. I guess they added that later...?
  by ronjenx
Here's a picture of 802 in the Bath area, 30 June 1964; RJ-1/JR-2. My father was the engineer. That's me in the cab.


Here's a shot from the fireman's seat, looking toward the Bridge in Bath.

  by arthur d.
Very nice photo of the 802 in the spring '16 issue of TRP, ( #6), on newsstands right now.