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

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  by VWBusUser
 
WOW! Thank you so much for that nugget of information, I truly cannot thank you enough, thank you, thank you. That really helps me in my search, you have no idea. Like you said, I've been able to find YouTube videos of them running on rails but never a true 'GandyWagon'.

Again, thank you - I am messaging you privately to thank you as well in the event you don't see my reply!
  by VWBusUser
 
Thank you for the video, I've downloaded it in the past. That's the aforementioned sister model of it. The units for LIRR were both rail and road as a conversion vehicle/hi-rail unit. But same principle and idea and mechanics. Just a kit was sold separately to convert them.
  by Backshophoss
 
They showed up on the Island long before there was a "market" for used Hi-Rail Vehicles,in most cases the Hi-Rail gear was removed when the vehicle was "retired" from the RR,Parent PRR would have insisted
on that back then. New Parent MTA would have sold it as scrap from government surplus auction back then.
  by VWBusUser
 
Backshophoss wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:32 am They showed up on the Island long before there was a "market" for used Hi-Rail Vehicles,in most cases the Hi-Rail gear was removed when the vehicle was "retired" from the RR,Parent PRR would have insisted
on that back then. New Parent MTA would have sold it as scrap from government surplus auction back then.
Thank you, yeah, that's what I have gathered so far. It's just a shame that they were destroyed in that junkyard!
  by Kelly&Kelly
 
One was sold privately to a railbuff with all its hi-rail gear intact. It tooled around Long Island and then Pennsylvania for a number of years until it rusted out along the roof rails. I spoke with him in the late 1970's and it was no longer running at the time.