Alcos Still Operating on WNY&P

Although the first GE diesel locomotive has entered revenue service on the Western New York & Pennsylvania, the road’s venerable Alco units will continue running for now.

Trains magazine reported this week that AC46CH No. 6002 became the first alternating current GE to enter revenue service on the WNY&P on Sept. 24.

For now No. 6002 will be used in captive service on the “Sling Shot” between Olean and Salamanca in New York.

Plans are to eventually assign No. 6002 to other assignments on the railroad.

The WNY&P has two other GE’s slated to work on its system. No. 6001 is en route via Norfolk Southern while No. 6005 is being painted on the on the Arkansas & Missouri in Springdale, Arkansas.

No. 6005 is expected to be sent eastward in the coming weeks.

Trains said it has learned from sources at the railroad that none of the Alcos built by Montreal Locomotive Works and currently on the active roster of the WNY&P have yet been retired.

The MLW units are expected to continue operating through the end of the year.

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