MRL locos going to scrap

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kcjonz

New Member
The following units are sitting behind the fence at Schintzer Steel in Portland OR waiting to be cut up. The 308, 302, 314, 310, 303, 313. For you model rr's out there, Athearn released the 308 [SD45-2] a few years back as part of their Genesis line. The guard said that a few people have inquired on what it would take to save one or two.:(
 

kcjonz

New Member
Yep. All in MRL blue. In fact, the 308 looks like it just came out of the paint shop. Very clean and shiny.
 

RoadRailer

FP Engineer
Per a message on the MRL yahoo group, #304 was chopped up during the last week of April.
I bet the rest will meet their fate by the end of the June.
 

Ragnar

New Member
If you see the 121 let me know. that is an Ex CGW engine. I want to put it my back yard.
What?!! There's a surviving Chicago Great Western SD-40? If that's correct then we need to start a fund. I'll gladly donate to that!
 

Bruce Butler

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If you see the 121 let me know. that is an Ex CGW engine. I want to put it my back yard.
According to my MRL roster, 121 is a GP9 ex BN 1927, exx NP 342, built 8/1957, bldr# 22745. HOWEVER, MRL 115 is ex CGW 120, built 09/1951 as a GP7, builder# 14719. Became CNW 4337. Diesel era Vol 21 Number 4 (July/August 2010) has an excellent article on the GP9, Part 5. This covers both CGW and C&NW and includes several pictures of CGW 120 as well as CNW 120 and 4337. Built as a GP7, it was returned to EMD after a wreck and rebuilt with a GP9 carbody but retaining its 1500hp GP7 rating. Rebuilt by CNW 12/1974 and renumbered 4337. Went to LRC, then MRL in 12/1989. I wonder if it has a 567B or a 567C diesel engine?

As far as ex CGW SD40s go, the MRL roster I have dated 9/23/2008 lists no less than 6 former CGW SD40s:
220 ex CGW 408
221 ex CGW 404
222 ex CGW 405
223 ex CGW 407
224 ex CGW 401
225 ex CGW 409 blt 9/1966 builder# 32100

225 is the only one of the 6 still on the MRL roster as of the 9/23/2008 date. I also have a MRL equipment for sale listing dated 8/17/2010 which lists the 225 as "for sale". It also lists all of the SD45-2's cited in the earlier posts in this thread.

I do not know the current status of either MRL 115 (GP9) or MRL 220 (SD40). Either (or both) would be good GCW preservation candidates.
It is also possible that MRL 220 - 224 may still exist in some form.
 

flint creek mp23

Substation operator
Some answers to earlier questions:

MRL 115 is still with MRL, but is stored in Livingston. MRL 225 was the final ex-CGW SD40 on the roster, but it has been sold. However, it is still in Livingston. MRL 220-224 were sold to the I&M Rail Link in April 2001. IMRL's successor, IC&E, later sold them and they were sent to a scrapper in Chicago in early 2007.

Brent
 

CGW101c

CGW Fan
My mistake. 115 the GP9 is the one I want. I used to see it outside of Chicago at the Ingalton yard on the north side of my grandads farm. thanks for all the marvelous info on the dispositions of the CGW units. I saw the sd 40's and GP30's when they were new too. What surprised me was my grandmother said "You know those red engines sound different than the old maroon ones"
 

Ragnar

New Member
My mistake. 115 the GP9 is the one I want. I used to see it outside of Chicago at the Ingalton yard on the north side of my grandads farm. thanks for all the marvelous info on the dispositions of the CGW units. I saw the sd 40's and GP30's when they were new too. What surprised me was my grandmother said "You know those red engines sound different than the old maroon ones"
I love CGW red! The GP9 (#115) or the remaining SD-40 (#225) would look so great back in CGW red.

Here are some views of MRL 225 from this past winter (scroll to bottom). I notice the CGW nose headlight is blanked off.
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=38636
 




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