• NYC 70 Tonners

  • Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.
Discussion relating to the NYC and subsidiaries, up to 1968. Visit the NYCS Historical Society for more information.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by Rick Rowlands
The Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation has saved ex NYC GE 70 tonner 513 (see thread on museum forum). I am curious as to what the New York Central used these locomotives for (506-513). I have heard that they were used for switching passenger cars, and the 513 has diaphragm buffers above the couplers, air signaling lines and mounts for classification lights to prove it. What terminals would have used these locomotives, and for how long? 512 and 513 were sold off in 1952, so obviously they did not work out as intended, having only served 10 years. I am particularly interested in finding out where the 513 was assigned.

  by BaltOhio
This doesn't really answer your question, but for what it's worth, I have photos of these taken at the following locations and dates:

506 - Auburn, NY 6/41
508 - N. Tonawanda, NY 5/47
509 - Weehawken, 1946, shown switching passenger
512 - Harmon, NY, 7/48, shown switching freight in this photo, but undoubtedly also used for passenger here

As background, this class was originally bought for use on lines with light track and sharp curves, such as out of Auburn (as above). Evidently these lines were either upgraded or abandoned, since the diesels went into other services. All but 506 had buffers for passenger switching; the 506 was an oddball, having been built for Cooper-Bessemer (who supplied the engines for this class) and which had a somewhat different appearance. As you may know, 506-510 became shop engines X506-X510 in the 1953-54 period, and X506-X508 then went to NYC subsidiary Despatch Shops, Inc. in July and August 1954. The 513 was retired by ther NYC in 11/52 and sold to Ortner Co., who resold it to Cambria Slag co. in Sharpsville, PA.
  by AnderPhoto
I don't recall ever seeing a photo of a NYC GE 70-tonner. Any chance of posting a couple of pics to share.

Glenn Anderson
  by Rick Rowlands
Follow the link in the first post.
  by Rick Rowlands
. by Youngstown Steel Heritage, on Flickr

NYC 513 is getting some TLC at the Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum. The B end of the locomotive has been blasted and repainted and we will be finishing up on the A end over the summer. the B end's prime mover will also be returned to operating condition to provide 250 volts DC power for operating an overhead crane in the museum building.

We are hosting an open house on Saturday June 8 from 10 am until 4 pm. The cab of the 513 will be open to visitors.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE-page-001 by Youngstown Steel Heritage, on Flickr