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Iowa Short Line Buys Flats Industrial Switcher

December 21, 2020

An Iowa short line railroad has acquired an EMD switch engine from the Flats Industrial Railroad of Cleveland.

The SW9m, No. 1202, has been purchased by the Davenport Industrial Railroad.

The unit was built in May 1951 for the Lehigh Valley where it worked until 1974.

It was later owned by U.S. Steel, which assigned it to its Youngstown & Northern property, and by the Lake Terminal Railroad.

The late Arthur Fournier acquired the 1202 in 1999 for use on his Flats Industrial Railroad.

It had been rebuilt in 1995 during its time on the Lake Terminal.

The switcher is expected to be moved to Iowa sometime this winter.

A recent report incorrectly stated the unit had been moved by the Flats Industrial in preparation for movement.

In fact, that move was done so that some brake rigging repair could be performed on the locomotive.

The Flats Industrial, which is located in downtown Cleveland, is idle these days due to lack of business

Cleveland Short Line Reportedly Sells Switcher

December 17, 2020

An online report indicated that the Cleveland-based Flats Industrial Railroad has largely been idle in recent weeks after its biggest customer, a grain mill, ceased operations.

The report said the Flats Industrial last Sunday moved its smaller switch engine, Nos. 1202, because it has been sold to another short line railroad.

No. 1202 was at one time owned by the Southern Pacific.

The move did not require moving over a lift bridge over the Cuyahoga River.

The Flats Industrial uses former Conrail track in downtown Cleveland.