CP Executive train in Albany

CP Executive train in Albany

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Soo Line towing Shark #1216 (June 1979)

This shot dated June 1979 shows the former D&H shark #1216 being towed in a Soo Line train, and based on the date I assume it is being transferred from the Michigan Northern Railway to the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad. I don't know if the other shark, #1205, was elsewhere in the train or perhaps sent via a different train. That white and red Soo Line boxcar scheme is really sharp.

The D&H leased them to the MNR , which managed to damage both of them within a short time. The #1216 fell victim to heavy snow when it tried to run through it and its motors shorted out. The MNR damaged the crankshaft of #1205 too, and both were finally sent to the E&LS for storage (and eventual ownership). Ironically, the #1216 was repaired and ran again but it quickly suffered a crankshaft problem leaving it OOS.

There is hope that the sharks may eventually be publicly displayed somewhere.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Old fashioned crossbuck on D&H (1982)

I bought this slide because of the old-fashioned style crossbuck on the left guarding the road crossing. The slide is dated June 1982, and that is all I know about it. In the background I see what looks like a set of well maintained tracks, so maybe it is near a junction. Then again, it could be anywhere in western NY as these engines were assigned to the G&W salt trains.

Friday, June 21, 2024

D&H train with tank car (1983)

Any shot showing black and white tank cars, which my wife and I both think are attractive, is okay with me. This is from June 21, 1983.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Three plus One on a gloomy day (1982)

This slide was part of a group I purchased and I initially dismissed it because it is poorly exposed. But, it does show three Alco locomotives (#5017, #5012, #405) plus a Geep of some sort (either a GP38-2 or GP39-2) passing through trees and other growth. It was taken sometime in June 1982. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Secret Message written on D&H #7323 (1985)

A shot from June 12, 1985 with three different Guilford railroads (D&H, B&M, MC) is nice, but what interests me is what is scribbled on the front lower frame sill of #7323. In the dark remnants of battery acid corrosion someone wrote "___ JOB". I can't read the rest. Did they scrape away the rust, or did they write something with oil that resisted the affects of the battery acid? Who knows, but it would be interesting to model. 

Here it is zoomed in:

Saturday, June 8, 2024

DERECO engines in Binghamton (1980)

Taken in what must be Binghamton yard in June 1980, engines from the  D&H and controlling parent company (due to DERECO) Norfolk & Western sit around waiting for their next assignments. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

D&H #5017 (1983)

Here is a shot of RS36 #5017 passing what looks like some sort of an agricultural supplier in June 1983. The sign on the building reads "Nutrite Fertilizers", but I don't know if that is the name of the company or just one of the products it sells. I note the tracks look pretty overgrown for either to be considered the "main line", but the rear tracks appears to have had some ballast work done recently.