An MRL GP9 and two SD40s are nearing Portland Union Station southbound on June 4 as they are being led away to be scrapped.
I had the 200 and 215 while on working on the I & M Raillink. They won't be missed. Most all of that power the IMRL had was junk.
So, were these surplus units? Is MRL purchasing new power to replace these?
they were just surplus, no additional new power is coming. For a long time MRL maintained a large roster for the purpose of leasing out extra power, around 40-50 units total. A lot of those SD40/40-2 and SD45/45-2 and F45's spent a good deal of time in lease service on BNSF though there were other operators as well. The lease market just isn't the same as it was 5 years ago and there are plenty of SD40-2's out there awaiting a call to service should there be a need.
As I understand from close sources in the MRL, your comment was after the IMRL ran the locomotives to the ground and failed to compensate the MRL properly for usage..
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