Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

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  by Pensyfan19
 
Did the Long Island Railroad ever roster 6 axle power at one point in their history? I think I remember hearing about an ALCO PA testing on the LIRR back in the early 1950s. The closest the LIRR had to this was the 5 axle C-Liners from FM.

If they did not, then why did the LIRR not roster any 6-axle locomotives, such as ALCO PAs or EMD SDs? Weight restrictions? Tight curves? Preference for Geeps and C420s???
  by Backshophoss
 
A pair of ex Metra E-8's were used with he C-1's for a time.
SD sized power doesn't always clear LIRR 3rd rail (fuel tanks ),D&H was the first R to shave the fuel tanks on some of their SD-40's to clear NYC style 3rd rail
P&W 6 axle power stays near Fremont/Fresh Pond yard area.
CSX jusy modified a small batch of GE 6 axle power to operate thru MN to Oak Point yard
  by RGlueck
 
The rear truck of the FM C-Liners was notorious for picking switch points. LIRR tested a PA and I believe an FM Trainmaster, but never bit. New Haven FL9's ran for a short period on some miserable abortion of a train. I never heard of E8's, but perhaps they did as well.
  by ConstanceR46
 
If i recall correctly, in the mid-2000s RMLI got a CP SD40 down for a railfest event. Apparently it had problems with the fresh pond wye and one of the higher ups was pissed.
  by Pensyfan19
 
ConstanceR46 wrote: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:57 am If i recall correctly, in the mid-2000s RMLI got a CP SD40 down for a railfest event. Apparently it had problems with the fresh pond wye and one of the higher ups was pissed.
Very interesting!

In that case, does anyone have any photos of this SD40 on Long Island?
  by Backshophoss
 
They might have tried to turn the unit on the sharp turn side of the wye at Fresh Pond(ei: next to the embankment),then under the bridge that carries the Bay ridge secondary tracks.
The FL-9 3 axle truck screeched on that track shoving up the ramp to Fremont,then change ends for the run back to New Haven.