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  • oper190
    Thanks for the memories, remember those days well.

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  • trs666
    started a topic LIRR Century Action

    LIRR Century Action

    Known primarily as a passenger line responsible for transporting thousands of commuters daily, the Long Island Rail Road also provided freight service for most of its long history. However, with geography preventing any opportunity for bridge traffic, freight volume cratered after WWII and by mid-1997 the LIRR had ceased freight operations, with any remaining traffic handled under contract by the New York & Atlantic Railway Company.

    In the following views captured circa 1984, a pair of Alco C420s lead an LIRR freight job. The LIRR owned 29 Alco C420s delivered in several batches, the first units arriving on property near the end of 1963. Originally purchased for use in commuter service (largely replacing the LIRR's stable of Fairbanks-Morse locomotives) the Alcos began to see more freight duty after EMD GP38-2 units started taking over passenger runs early in 1976. Most of the C420s were off the LIRRs active roster by 1989.

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    Locos: BLW ... Consist: BLW/ZT + TrainSim F/L + Homegrown 'close enough' Cabin ... Routes: LIRR [OR] + Pahusett de-electrified [MSTS]