Makes Me Wonder What Else Is Out There...

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 7:34 PM

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I read one of the two surviving NYC "Mohawks" was hidden in a large shed in upstate New York by some backshop workers. They just couldn't bear the thought of its being scrapped.

The story I heard was funnier.  If I remember correctly it's the Mohawk that has just been renovated at NRM in St. Louis.  It was parked in plain sight out somewhere in the Selkirk yard complex, where bean counters evidently never went.  By the time someone with enough authority actually cared enough to have it moved, modern preservation was a concern on the radar...

Best of the 'hidden in the shed' stories I know is the Jersey Central Baldwin double-ender that was actually walled up in a shop building; for some reason I remember it being rationalized (and explained to casual management visitors) as a shop-air compressor.  Worked for a while; I wish it had worked long enough.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, November 22, 2018 5:52 PM

http://locomotive.wikia.com/wiki/New_York_Central_No._2933

Quoting the site: "The engine was retired by the road in 1955. No. 2933 was overlooked during scrappings in 1955-57 and hidden by employees at NYC's Selkirk Yard, NY. At this time, it must have been given a new lease of life as a stationary boiler, given its good condition. Before its retirement it was amongst the last NYC steam loco to be overhauled at its Beech Grove, IN shops.

Then in 1962, when its career as a stationary boiler was finished, it was donated to the Museum of Transportation, making it the only large New York Central steam locomotive to be donated. Today it's at the Museum of Transportation, in St Louis, where it remains on public display."

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:55 PM

Thanks for that Becky!  Kinda nice, when things like a Mohawk slip through the cracks, isn't it?

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Posted by Jones1945 on Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:49 PM

Penny Trains

http://locomotive.wikia.com/wiki/New_York_Central_No._2933

Quoting the site: "The engine was retired by the road in 1955. No. 2933 was overlooked during scrappings in 1955-57 and hidden by employees at NYC's Selkirk Yard, NY. At this time, it must have been given a new lease of life as a stationary boiler, given its good condition. Before its retirement it was amongst the last NYC steam loco to be overhauled at its Beech Grove, IN shops.

Then in 1962, when its career as a stationary boiler was finished, it was donated to the Museum of Transportation, making it the only large New York Central steam locomotive to be donated. Today it's at the Museum of Transportation, in St Louis, where it remains on public display."

Those folks who hidden the locomotive at Selkrik Yard deserved the "Employees of the Century" title. They took action instead of looked on with folded arms and they saved the engine indirectly; sometimes making the world better can be that simple isn't it? This is actually a very touching story for people who care about preservation and really love steam engines. Thank you for posting the link, Penny Trains. Thumbs Up

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, November 24, 2018 7:03 PM

No problemo.  Big Smile

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Posted by seppburgh2 on Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:26 AM

The CNJ is partly true.  That Baldwin was parked inside and the steam generator was used for shop use.  Just wish the second part of walling up was true.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:40 PM

Was not a fan of Baldwin diesels, except for the (CNJ) double enders.  Years ago in Australia I remember seeing double ender GMs

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