• New York & Lake Erie Railroad (NY&LE) Discussion

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  by thebigham
 
^Great. they must be getting into the car storage business now.

I wonder how they moved them up the hill? Their S1 could not have taken very many up the hill at one time!
Last edited by thebigham on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by BR&P
 
thebigham wrote: I wonder how they moved them up the hill? Their S2 could not have taken very many up the hill at one time!
Why not? What's wrong with it?
  by Matt Langworthy
 
The former Erie S1 has a tough time handling the 2+ % grade on Dayton Hill. NYLE employees have told me in the past that #308 can only take a couple cars up the hill at a time. Does anyone know if #1013 is running again?
  by BR&P
 
Well, an S-1 is less HP than an S-2, but it still should be able to take more than 2 cars. I take it they no longer have the former SB S-2?
  by Matt Langworthy
 
IIRC, there's a derelict B&O S2 at Gowanda, probably a parts donor. I do know that NYLE won't run excursions with just 3 coaches up Dayton Hill using #308. Combined with the info from the NYLE employees who spoke to me, I don't think #308 handles the hill well. On the other hand, the FPAs are running again, so maybe they were used to put the cars in storage?
  by BSOR Patarak
 
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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  by BSOR Patarak
 
The ex South Buffalo #77 that was at Gowanda is privately owned and is now at Hamburg, as Chris mentioned. This locomotive has an operational block. It requires some truck work and cosmetic stuff, but could be operated.
  by Matt Langworthy
 
Yes, thanks for the info!

Also, NYLE will be running excursions on Memorial Day weekend. Details are on their Facebook page.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
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Two trips from Gowanda to South Dayton - May 28. Ticket info coming soon, stay tuned!
  by Train70
 
After dropping off two covered hoppers to a customer in Hamburg the RS continued on to Gowanda with 13 more new covered hoppers for NY&LE Monday morning.
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