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Discussion about the M&E, RVRR and SIRR lines of New Jersey, and also the Maine Eastern operation in Maine. Official web site can be found here: www.merail.com.

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  by NHV 669
 
Interesting choice of green, good to see it in service again.
  by DogBert
 
Here's a copy of Rudy's old (2017) roster from further up the thread - he was working with M&E and I believe has since left. I've taken a swing at some updates, from what I saw last year and have read online:

C424 #18 - Sold - IL rail museum
C424 #19 - Sold - Tri-State HS
SW1500 #20 - In service @ morristown
RS1 #21 - OOS at Whippany, RRPX-owned
GP9M #22 - Stored somewhere around morristown
GP7u #23 - Stored somewhere around morristown
GP7u #24 (former # BAR 21) - Stored somewhere around morristown? Or is this the one that ended up on the Housy in CT? If so it never made it to home rails.
GP9 #25 (former #BAR 79) - Stored somewhere around morristown?
GP7 #100 - Still stored @ the old Wharton & Northern yard.
FL9 #485 - Scrapped?
FL9 #488 - In Morristown?
FL9 #489 - In Morristown?
SW1200 #557 - In Morristown RRPX-owned (FOR SALE)
SW1200 #559 - In Morristown RRPX-owned (FOR SALE)
SW1200 #563 - Still stored @ the old Wharton & Northern yard. RRPX-owned (FOR SALE)
GP9 #764 - In Morristown RRPX-owned
M420 #3573 - SOLD
C424 #4204 - SOLD - in Scranton if I recall right
Plymouth #7299 - SVC in Morristown, owned by the Military Transport Association

This makes the RSI 21 the only Alco left on the property. I'm glad the other Alcos got out, given how they cut up some of the others not on this list (CP 4321 comes to mind).

The ones listed 'FOR SALE' were on sale as of Rudy's update I would assume the same holds true today.

Given the surplus of more modern locomotives on the market via class 1s, I'd be a little surprised if any of the GPs or ex Amtrak SW's find buyers.

I didn't include the 'new' Ex NS units on this list.

Was #22 the one that was supposed to get a sulzer engine? The last I saw of it was two years back, located on one of the old sidings along the route, buried deep in a cut of derelict passenger cars and one of the FL9s (maybe 485).

I'm surprised the RR is hanging onto all the old passenger cars tucked into old sidings, considering the rent they could make off storing freight cars as other short lines are doing.
  by Sid Farkus
 
I get the sense the M&E has been losing money over recent years. After losing the Morris County trackage to Chesapeake and Delaware, Bayway, and Maine Eastern; they haven't really gained any customers or revenue that would at least equal what they once had. Plus, you look at their recent roster (not painting equipment, selling off locos and passenger cars) it gives you the sense that the M&E may be circling the drain.
  by backroadrails
 
It should be noted the M420W they had was also sold off recently along with the ME caboose. I know CMQ is being purchased by CP, but I wonder if M&E will bother trying to bid on the branch again.
  by backroadrails
 
Also from what I have heard at a train show, there is a individual looking at buying the BAR 79 and the MMA 100.
  by NHV 669
 
backroadrails wrote: It should be noted
as it already has been twice on this page.
backroadrails wrote: but I wonder if M&E will bother trying to bid on the branch again.
Amtrak is more likely to be seen running passenger trains than anyone else on the Rockland; sooner than later. Why would M&E waste time bidding on a contract they already lost to a non-passenger carrier?
  by DogBert
 
Went by M&E today and saw zero locomotives loafing around (except the three on the dead line by the NJT connection). Did they sell anything else recently?
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