thebigham wrote:According to Jack Armstrong on page 36 of the April 2011 issue of railpaceFrom prior page.
Cannot be found and might have been scrapped:
thebigham wrote: Cannot be found and might have been scrapped:These locomotives have definitely been scrapped which leaves only four GP35's now. In fact I didn't realize 210 may still be there because I never saw it when I listed what was in the deadline a month ago. I doesn't surprise me though that 12 & 15 may have been scrapped along with 681, however I can't imagine 621 or 690 already being scrapped. Last I knew people wanted to preserve them. I am glad to see that nothing has made the deadline, now if only a few of those GP40's would be fixed up.
thebigham wrote:Why would they cut them up if they were still working recently?Honestly the 200's were all in bad shape. Most of them hit the lines because they broke. They were doomed, pretty much from the day they arrived to see no major repair work.
Why not just sell them?
Tim Mullins wrote:Any good railroad could take anyone of those engines and rebuilt them...A perfect example is the Wheeling and lake Erie who got the same GP-35's from N/S, brought them to their shop in Ohio and rebuilt them from the wheels on up...Tim, I obviously don't have the railroad experience you do and I respect your opinion especially because of your history in the business, but the W&LE is phasing out those GP35's in favor of 40 series power (if I understand correctly). And honestly, why pay to completely rebuild a GP35 (W&LE, again if I understand correctly, worked out a sale and lease back agreement with the rebuilder in order to fund the rebuild, there is nothing cheap about a ground up rebuild) when for less than $100,000 you can replace it with an SD40 series locomotive. The benefits are obvious, 500 extra ponies, 8-10 years newer (plus many of the recently acquired are M's or -3's so they have been ground up rebuilt more recently than manufacture) they have almost 100% shared parts inventory with a GP40, and from a purely crew view point they are six packs that should ride nice, and they all have low noses.
Waterville has a realy good shop with alot of talent that can do the same if it wern't for a company that is so bent on self distruction....They don't overhaul engines because they would have to bring them up to current FRA,Tier1,Tier2 EPA and allthe other Government regulation....This is why they buy used white lined junk,put in a gallon of fuel and tell you to run it.