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B&LE in Jeopardy

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B&LE in Jeopardy
Posted by NS6770fan on Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:51 AM

 Right now, not enough people know about this loco and it’s saga to do anything about it BEFORE July 1st. That is the dead the owner made to make offers on the unit. The locomotive is McKees Rocks, PA, on a spur with no connection to the main, The roads are to narrow to move her by truck, but she could potentially be disassembled and loaded onto flatcars as CSX allowed with C&O 1309. This is the last of the B&LE 2-10-4s left and it needs to be saved. Regardless of the owner’s previous claims and deals, the locomotive has to be sold due to the land it rests on being sold. There is also an N&W Auxillary water tender at this site and an ALCo S1. Both need homes also. Please support the rescue of 643 by telling others of this!! 

 

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Posted by MJ4562 on Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:27 AM

I was going to direct you to here: http://cs.trains.com/trn/f/740.aspx but it looks like you already cross posted it.  

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Posted by BigDaddy on Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:30 AM

Let me check my other wallet.  Nope no winning lottery ticket there, either.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/28065/why-buy-a-supercar-when-you-can-buy-a-5700-hp-steam-locomotive-for-375000

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

By the Chesapeake Bay

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:13 AM

The OP will have to get his congressman to push for an "Endangered Locomotive Species Act". 

Mike.

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Posted by SPSOT fan on Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:09 PM

Saw the engine in the other thread. I agreemthe engine need to be saved! I feel kind of useless, though, I really can’t do anything about it Sad.

There’s hope. Whoever wrote that article (love the title by the way, I’d take a train over a car any and every day!) noticed so hope remains. Also the fact that people have noticed this enough to get two threads on this forum should  give us hope!

Alright people in the area, get together, save BL&E 643! And save the Alco too please! Those are rare as well! Let’s form a friends of BL&E 643!

Regards, Isaac

I model my railroad and you model yours! I model my way and you model yours!

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Posted by gmpullman on Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:52 PM

Shades of the GTW 5629, oh how I remember *.

https://www.railpictures.net/showimage.php?id=624025&key=1001966

 

I saw the 643 when she was still in the Greenville, PA roundhouse. Other than the piston rods being torched off (B&LE did this so they could move the engine without scoring the cylinders) the engine looked like it was ready to be fired up. It was in excellent mechanical condition at the time (early 1970s).

 

http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=38240

A sad reality these days —

Regards, Ed

 

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