Posts Tagged ‘Curry Rail Services’

T1 Restoration Group Reports Building Cab

July 18, 2017

A group restoring a Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotive recently announced that it has finished building the engine’s cab.

The rebuilding was done in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, in a former PRR shop how owned by Curry Rail Service.

The group, The T1 Trust, is seeking to restore PRR T1 4-4-4-4 No. 5550.

The group described finishing the cab as a major step forward. Earlier this year it said it had cast its first boxpok driver.

Curry Rail is a locomotive supplier and railcar maintenance company that is a corporate sponsor of the T1 Trust project.

The Pennsy had 52 Class T1 locomotives, including 25 built at its shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Another 27 were built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

Most of them were built in 1945 and 1946 and used in high-speed passenger service.

Pa. Company Helps Develop Larger Gondola

February 18, 2017

A Pennsylvania-based rail car manufacturer has teamed up with National Steel Car to develop a high-capacity gondola to haul cottonseed and wood chips.

PennsylvaniaCurry Rail Services of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, said the cars will have a gross rail load of 286,000 pounds and a payload of 106.5 tons, with a level cubic capacity of 7,200 cubic feet.

By comparison, the current fleet of cottonseed cars is comprised of cars with a 263,000-pound GRL, 6,800-cubic-foot capacity and a 94- to 95-ton per-car payload.

The new cars will come with dual-hinged ends, and doors that swing open from the end top chord. They can also be built with fixed ends and rotary dump capability.

Pa. Firm Builds Smallest Tier 4 Switcher

February 12, 2016

A Pennsylvania company has released the first of what it is billing as the smallest EPA Tier-4 compliant on the market.

Curry Rail Services in Hollidaysburg is building the industrial switchers under contract with Tractive Power Corporation, a Canadian company.

Curry RailThe first unit to be released by Curry is a TP56, which comes with a 400-hp Caterpillar C9.3 engine capable of generating up to 56,000 pounds of tractive effort.

The unit, which wears a livery of green and silver, was built with a single EMD HT-C truck commonly used on SD40-2 locomotives.

The unit built in Pennsylvania is LTP’s third engine but the first to be Tier 4 compliant.
The TP56 prototype unit is working at a British Columbia grain facility.

TPC President Frank Donnelly said the TP56 is designed to fill a niche for locomotives smaller than full-sized switcher, but with good tractive effort.

The smaller engine is also designed to minimize fuel consumption while in idle, burning less than a half-gallon of fuel in that mode.

“One of the main objectives of the industrial switcher is to manufacture an eco-friendly and efficient product,” said Curry President Mark Ritchey. “We have placed three into operation and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Curry and TPC are accepting orders for the switchers and have the ability to build then in large quantities if the market is there for that.

Customers can also order locomotives that are Tier 3 compliant if so desired. The units can be customized to meet the customer’s tractive effort needs.