Acquisition of Historic Locomotive Completed

The Railroad & Industrial Preservation Society has completed its acquisition of the sole surviving former Lehigh & New England diesel locomotive.

The Society plans to restore the Alco S2 to operating condition. It carries roster number 611.

The unit last operated for an Indiana grain elevator and was moved to Pennsylvania in 2016.

It is now on the Allentown & Auburn Railroad. The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society also assisted with the move of the 611.

The L&NE operated in eastern Pennsylvania and was abandoned 60 years ago. It once

coal, slate and cement producers.

The R&IPS said it is seeking to raise $150,000 to fund restoration of No. 611. More information is available at

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