Here is the update on motive power on the NYLE.
308 - ex Erie S1 - has been the primary locomotive out of Gowanda since it was brought down from the Port Colborne operation.
1013 - ex NW C425 - block operational, awaiting wheel change out - stored in shop
6764, 6758 - ex CN/VIA FPA4 (various models) - both are operational, drained for winter storage generally (have been used on passenger trains and will be used on storage cars, now that warmer weather is upon us).
Falls Creek S2 (not owned by NYLE) Scrapped and all gone
9078 B&O S4 - from Tonawanda Coke, parts only - still in gowanda, there is another S2 from tonawanda coke, also parts and partially cut up
75 - S2 at Oil Creek and Titusville
85 - S2 at Oil Creek and Titusville
M420 - at Oil Creek and Titusville
As for the storage cars, the first batch was taken up the hill by S1 308. It can pull more than 2 up the hill. It hits it's maximum tractive effort at 5 mph (as the Alco S series were built to do). It tends to get very hot on that pull, and moving at 5 mph is a long trip up the hill. I can't remember for sure if it was 8 or 9 cars they took up on that first trip. The process is to take them to south dayton, run around them and shove them into storage south towards Cherry Creek. Symans Enterprises and NYLE employees have been out cutting brush on that section. The FPAs will pull more up, same process at south dayton. They will split the two engines and can do a push pull type move through town.
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