Brian, I'm about 99.9% sure the 1600 was not running at Kent (never 100%, I might be wrong). It was way back toward the tail end of the train, like a box car.Is this unit actually under power? I took a good look at the 1600 some time ago and found the motor missing not only both blowers, but most of the gear train on the governor end as well as the muffler. The exhaust ports were wide open to the weather, which surely didn't speak well for the rest of the block. Getting this unit running again would have required starting from scratch with a bare bed plate.
Seems a bit strange to me that they would pay to ship it all the way from Tacoma to Albia IA just to scrap it! The shipping charges would likely be more than the scrap value.The info i was told was that it was sold to Relco for scrap.
Not really, Scrap steel could probably fetch 15-20KSeems a bit strange to me that they would pay to ship it all the way from Tacoma to Albia IA just to scrap it! The shipping charges would likely be more than the scrap value.
By the way, I have been informed that the ruling grade on the SP&S line is 0.8%, NOT 1.5% as I indicated in my story. I was able to correct the story in post #8 above
The kicker is that it isn't their locomotive anymore. They sold it years ago and apparently it has since been re-sold to RELCO. I would guess that BNSF is charging 7-10 grand for the move! The fact that it was once their locomotive and BNSF and its predecessors had owned it for over 50 years means nothing to the bean counters. Just another revenue move. Of course it is possible that someone could have cut a sweetheart deal. We will never know.Cost for BNSF to move their own locomotive, nothing besides fuel on regularly schedule train.
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