Tadman wrote: ↑Fri May 29, 2020 8:38 am
Van Nest was sold in 1959. I think that's a time in between retirement of the prewar motors and acquisition of the Virginian motors
Mr. Dunville, it was simply a case of a railroad liquidating itself to stay alive. The Trustees (1961) figured that a public agency was going to bail out the essential passenger services, and New England was a dying market for freight, so let's just close and sell what we can.
The FL-9's were new and would not need "heavys" for a while, so were the EP-5 electrics. The E-33's came around circa 1966 and in "good repair". Stamford would do what they could with the MU's.
I've had my experience in this life being around railroads cannibalizing themselves. First growing up in Riverside along the NH; then going to work for the MILW. A railroad that could be called a "going concern" was just not part of my DNA until I located along the BNSF.