Budd Man and Everyone:
I noticed this interesting news about SEPTA retiring former LIRR "power packs" 615 and 622 after 15 or so years
serving as SEPTA sandite units - hopefully these two veterans can find another home in preservation someplace.
These locomotives - which had their traction motors removed and their engine converted to produce 650 volt DC
power for former MP72 and MP75 MU cars which were then used in diesel hauled train service. Some have had
"sled generators" installed replacing their original prime movers...
615 - ALCO FA1 built in April 1949 for the SP&S - to BN in 1970 merger - to LIRR converted PP - March 1973.
622 - EMD F7 built in November 1950 - former B&O - to LIRR converted PP 1982.
Both of these units were retired in 1999-2000 when the older LIRR Diesel car fleet was replaced.
As we notice these two units have had a very long life for their respective owners - and may it continue on...
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EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS