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 Post subject: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:11 pm 

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This forum is littered with debates over the worthiness, or lack thereof, of proposed rail preservation targets. I believe that we can agree that being unusual or unique does not, in and of itself, warrant an object's preservation, especially if it's a big piece of operable rolling stock.

Today, this auction offering was posted a couple times on Facebook as "why doesn't someone save this???" or the like:

http://www.ozarkmountainrailcar.com/detail.asp?id=852

Discuss or chuckle as you see fit.

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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:34 pm 

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If the wheelsets are in good shape with plenty of meat, I would love to preserve the rotating end cap bearings & boxes for our Alco T6... as for the rest of it..... no comment

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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:37 pm 

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The carbody is kind of an acquired taste but it was a useful locomotive for quite a few years on the T&N which primarily serves its owner, a steel mill specializing in pipe (or it did when I looked at this beast when shopping for locomotives). The electrical cabinet had clearly had some input from the railroad's electrician, you could walk in and everything was easily accessible. T&N had quite a fleet of 539 equipped switchers which were being converted to Cummins power.


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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:25 pm 

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It is available for $85,000 "or it will be sold for scrap". Doubtful that scrap value is that high, so I think that a deal could be struck. But what is historic about it? Nothing that I can see.

Hey, my GE 80 tonner is still available, and it is historic, being the Genesee & Wyoming's first diesel locomotive. And I'm motivated to sell it for much less than the oddball is available for.

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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm 

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because its oddball deserves a save.

there are a number of N&W oddballs, and are not saved


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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:51 am 

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But what is historic about it? Nothing that I can see.


Does being rebuilt from an ALCO RS3 count?

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 Post subject: Re: The Latest "We Gotta Save This!"
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:10 am 

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jmlaboda wrote:
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But what is historic about it? Nothing that I can see.


Does being rebuilt from an ALCO RS3 count?


The only thing RS-3 that remains is the frame. The prime mover is a Cummins KTA with other mechanical items supplied by EMD..... a nice example of a "kitbashed" locomotive is all this is.


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