Posts Tagged ‘Western New York Railway Historical Society’

T1 Trust Acquires Tender from New York Society

August 22, 2017

The Western New York Railway Historical Society has sold to the T1 Trust a tender that is being described as the last of its kind.

Former Pennsylvania Railroad long-haul tender No. 6659 was used behind an M1, a 4-8-2 Mountain-type locomotive.

The acquisition means that the T1 trust will not have to build a tender because the tender it purchased is essentially a T1 tender minus the streamlining.

Design, construction, and fabrication of a new tender was estimated to eat $3 million out of the T1 restoration project’s $10 million budget.

No. 6659 holds 31 tons of coal and 21,000 gallons of water. No other coast-to-coast tenders with 16-wheels are known to exist.

In a news release, the T1 Trust said that No. 6659 is in excellent condition with sealed hatches, minor surface rust and well-preserved trucks.

The WNYRHS had acquired No. 6659 with the intent of using it to replace the gutted-out short tender for its Pennsy 2-10-0 I1sa-type locomotive.

As part of the purchase agreement, the T1 Trust will fully restore the I1’s tender tank to its original specifications as part of a planned cosmetic restoration of the I1 locomotive. The tender restoration is estimated to cost $75,000.

Historic Tank Car Donated to Buffalo Museum

September 3, 2014

A Buffalo, N.Y., museum has saved an historic North American Company tank car from the scrapper’s torch.

The Western New York Railway Historical Society and its Heritage Discovery Center acquired the car from the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad, which donated the car.

“The issue was the car needed to be moved offsite quickly, or the car would be scrapped,” said historical society President Joseph Kocsis.

The tank car was moved to the museum grounds by truck with the museum and the donating railroad sharing the costs. Located on the site of a former chemical company, the museum has nearly 45 pieces of rail equipment. The museum said the tank car will fit well with its collection, which has no similar piece of equipment.

For much of its career, the tank car was leased to Pennzoil, which used it to transport lube oil and petroleum additives to area industries and refineries.

Later, the car was used as a weed sprayer car on the Tioga Central Railroad before eventually landing on the Wellsboro & Corning Railroad in Wellsboro, Pa.

“The car as it sits is still in its original paint as built in February 1960. For the time being, we may just power wash to remove dirt and grime, leaving it in its weathered livery.” Kocsis says. “Our first priority is to get the display tracks built.”

The museum is talking with Norfolk Southern about gaining access to two active siding tracks along its property to allow rail access to the museum and to provide a permanent display for many of their railcars.