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  by MEC407
 
They're in Palmer, MA this morning per Mr. Young of GuilfordRailSightings.
  by rovetherr
 
The VTR 432 (ex FEC SD70M-2 for those not aware) is in the process of making her maiden voyage on new home rails, leading westbound on the 264 job to Whitehall tonight. No pics, I just caught her heading out of town as I headed out of the dispatchers office to go home. Should look pretty good in red and white once they get paint!
  by Narrowgauger
 
Paddy,
Have the Gp 40s departed yet? Somewhere I was told the 5 have left. Do you know where?
Ted
  by rovetherr
 
They are still around. I'm don't know when or where they will go.
  by MEC407
 
rovetherr wrote:The VTR 432 (ex FEC SD70M-2 for those not aware) is in the process of making her maiden voyage on new home rails, leading westbound on the 264 job to Whitehall tonight. No pics, I just caught her heading out of town as I headed out of the dispatchers office to go home. Should look pretty good in red and white once they get paint!
Here's the first shot I've seen of 432. Photo by John "Cully" Cullinan:

http://photos.greatrails.net/s/?p=226275" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by Otto Vondrak
 
I didn't realize seeing 432 was a rare event. Here's my cell phone grab from September 28.
VTR432.jpg
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  by Dick H
 
It was reported elsewhere that the ex FEC units had considerable corrosion
on the cab, especially around the window frames., which was addressed by
the VTR.
  by Dick H
 
Photo of both ex FEC SD70-2M VTR locos #431 and #432 "playing together" on the Rutland/North Bennington Job.
Whether it's the VTR crew or the photographer, someone has given the units the "sisters" nickname.
Thanks to John (Cully) Cullinan for the photo.

http://photos.nerail.org/showpic/?photo ... ate&page=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The VRS reportedly planned to dispose of five GP40 locos, #301-#302-#304-#305 and #312 after getting the
two ex FEC units. However, AFAIK none of the GP40 locos have left the property. Reportedly, the 431 and
432 will be painted at the P&W paint shop in CT at some point.
  by MEC407
 
Photo by Gary Knapp:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=560702" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by thebigham
 
This happened back in September:

http://timesargus.com/article/20150919/NEWS01/709199995" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Old locomotive gets a lift for one more journey

By David Delcore
September 19,2015

BARRE — It’s unclear who actually owns it and who will ultimately pay the cost of moving it from downtown Barre to the Vermont Granite Museum on the city’s outskirts. However, on Friday at least two other questions were answered about the historic diesel-electric locomotive that sparked controversy this week.

Barre & Chelsea No. 14 — a mass of metal that was preserved 40 years ago as a monument to the role the railroad played in Barre’s industrial heritage — really can be moved from here to there, and it doesn’t weigh as much as expected.

The carefully choreographed move from Metro Way to the museum property on Jones Brothers Way went off without a hitch, with the 68-year-old General Electric locomotive covering the first and last 20 yards suspended 2 feet off the ground by a 180-ton crane.

The crane’s scale registered the weight at just under 40 tons — less than the 55 tons that had been estimated. The locomotive weighed 70 tons before its engine was removed.

The towering crane, which was trucked up from Vernon, drew a small crowd Friday morning as it prepared to lift the locomotive from the spot where it had been relocated in 2002 to make room for a parking lot being developed on land then owned by the state.

Roland Lajeunesse, the 89-year-old founder of the family-owned construction company that still bears his last name, was among those who turned out...
  by Dick H
 
VTR B&R job vs trash truck 3/22 Train won. (From All Aboard Yahoo Group)

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE
MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

STATION: Shaftsbury
DATE/TIME: 03/22/16-1443 hours
LOCATION: (street, exit, or mile marker and town) 88 State Line Road, Shaftsbury, VT

VEHICLE #1
DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLE: 2010 Autocar Dump Truck
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE: Extensive front end damage

WEATHER: Clear

ROAD COND: Clear

SUMMARY OF CRASH:

On 03/22/16 at approximately 1443 hours the Vermont State Police in Shaftsbury received a report of a vehicle/train collision on the railroad tracks on State Line Road in Shaftsbury. Investigation determined that James V. Colaneri Jr. was traveling south in a 2010 Autocar Dump Truck. The dump truck Colaneri was driving was a County Waste company vehicle, out of Clifton Park, New York. As Colaneri approached the railroad tracks on State Line Road, he failed to yield to a westbound locomotive. The front end of the dump truck collided with a Vermont Railway locomotive. The locomotive continued west for a short distance before coming to a controlled rest. The front end of the dump truck sustained significant damage. Multiple cars along the locomotive sustained minor damage from scraping across the front end of the dump truck. Colaneri and the conductor in the locomotive sustained minor injuries but did not need medical attention.
Inspectors from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles enforcement and safety division responded to the scene to conduct an inspection on the dump truck. Vermont Railway personnel responded to the scene to inspect the locomotive.
The locomotive was able to be driven from the scene. KJ Sterns Towing out of Saratoga Springs, New York, removed the dump truck from the scene.
State Line Road was closed at this location for an extended period of time so emergency personnel could work the scene.
The collision is under investigation at this time.
  by thebigham
 
The VRS Yahoo Groups page says that "VTR/PAR interchange is being moved to Bellows Falls from North Bennington."
  by F-line to Dudley via Park
 
Is that a temporary move because of Western Corridor construction? PAS has been using Hoosick/N. Ben a lot more lately than Bellows and generally finds it more convenient and figures to favor it moreso when their Patriot Corridor upgrades make ops easier and easier to that interchange.


Now, why is that interchange split sometimes between handoffs at Hoosick and handoffs at N. Bennington? Car storage at the handoff looks to be more or less the same at either spot (i.e. less-than-impressive), but Hoosick Jct.'s extra tracks look like they have more space for augmentation than the tight confines in Bennington where cars have to be tightly shoved between grade crossings and overflow cars stuffed awkwardly on the Bennington Branch. By all logic PAS would rather not leave the mainline if it doesn't have to, so curious as to why that interchange retains a split personality on location.
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