The property is owned by the NS corporation now, and they DEFINATELY will not allow people to search for locos under the yard, at Sayre. They are very "pro-active", with their police force, and trespassers are dealt with firmly, and quickly. I would seriously doubt, if anyone ever saw a single loco, pulled from the ground, at Sayre. I say this, with full confidence. It will not ever happen. No locos will ever be "found" underground at Sayre. Sorry
You'd probably have a heart attack, watching me with the sanders running continuously, pounding up and down a lead, kicking cars, from idle, to 8, then jerking them to a stop, with full independant, and full sevice of the train brake too, only to kick 'em off, and rip 'em out, again. No other way to kick cars, that I'm aware of. The smell of the glowing wheels, shoes, cables and brushes, with a hint of silica, and a liberal clouding of diesel exhaust. What a way, to spend a day. We switched that way every day, all day, seven days a week, at Settegast. We used a pair of "double-Jacks, SW-1500's/MP-15's, nose to nose, on the NE lead. They required a full set of shoes, after every second, or third shift, depending on who was running them, and how many cars were switched. The air filters, and carbody filters, also changed out, on a bi-weekly basis, due to the severe use. Sandboxes filled, daily, as well. The lead on the East Side, was buried in sand, and rust, from brake shoes and wheels. Kicking hundreds of cars a day, three shifts a day, in 80 car cuts, there is no other way to move them, except for 8th, and sand.....................THE HORROR!!!!!