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News photo: Erie paint for 75-year-old switcher

By | August 13, 2021

New York & Lake Erie returns Alco S1 to service

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Black and yellow locomotive pulling passenger cars
Black and yellow locomotive pulling passenger cars
New York & Lake Erie Alco S1 No. 308 shows off its new paint scheme. (Scott A. Hartley)

GOWANDA, N.Y. — It’s new paint for an old locomotive. New York short line New York & Lake Erie shows off the paint scheme applied to 75-year old Alco S1 no. 308 as part of the unit’s rebuilding and return to service, at Gowanda, N.Y., on Aug. 8, 2021.  Built for Erie Railroad in November 1946, NY&LE will run the locomotive on its former Erie trackage, along with a pair of former VIA Rail Canada FPA4s.  The new paint scheme combines Erie and Erie Lackawanna designs. —  Scott A. Hartley 

13 thoughts on “News photo: Erie paint for 75-year-old switcher

  1. Nice to see a 75 year old loco still hard at work. looks great with it’s new outfit on. How may other things can you think that are still working at 75 in this throw away world?

    1. Agreed. I enjoy collecting and restoring antique clocks. I look at one of them on the wall, still ticking after almost 200 years, with a movement made of wood, at the dawn of the industrial revolution in a factory powered by a water wheel, shafts, and belts, and it seems better to me than today’s “You can’t fix it, throw it away and get a new one” model. Of course, I like to ride on trains, too.

    2. I totally agree. My wife and I have furniture from Drexel/Heritage that was made in North Carolina. Solid wood, looks as good as the day it was purchased over 40 years ago.

      1. Your Right Anthony. I have some Stickley furniture must be about 100 years old and there’s more solid wood in one table than a whole room of furniture maid today

  2. Awesome to see and old unit in a new Sunday best outfit looking as good as the day she rolled out of the erecting building. Great job NY&LE!

  3. Reminds me of a day in 1979 when I road Mississippian S-1 321 from Amory to Fulton and return. Mississippian dieselized with two ex-Erie S-1’s, the other being 314, same numbers as on the Erie. Nice to see their sister survives. Sadly, 314 and 321 were cut up at Amory around 1983, IIRC.

  4. Give me a break Walter. I’m 75 and still able to work although I will admit not as well as the Alco. Great photo.

    1. Sorry Daryl. I am not there yet but getting close. (68) I know when I hit 75 I’ll be slowing down an will not look as good as that Alco.

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