Lima-Hamilton Switcher Fired up in Indiana

An Indiana tourist railroad recently fired up a vintage Lima-Hamilton diesel locomotive to complete a 10-year restoration program, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The Whitewater Valley Railroad, which operates over a former New York Central branch line between Connersville and Metamora in southeast Indiana, operated former Armco A-3080/LS-1000 switcher No. 709 under its own power.

The move was made Jan. 14 in Connersville. The switcher last ran in 2005.

Railroad officials said additional work needs to be done before the 709 can begin revenue service.

The Whitewater Valley owns two other Lima diesel switchers including former Cincinnati Union Terminal A-3149/LS-750 No. 25 and former Baltimore & Ohio A-3170/LS-1200 No. 320.

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