SCRANTON –It’s not everyday you see a train off the tracks roaming through Scranton’s South Side.
A 1941 General Electric Diesel Locomotive is in the process of being moved from New Jersey to the Steamtown National Historic Site. Decades ago, it was used on the New York, Ontario and Western Roadway, more commonly known as the O & W.
Crews spent Wednesday morning unloading the train engine off a flatbed and onto the tracks in Scranton.
Only two of the locomotives still exist, with the other being housed at a museum in Georgia.
The diesel engine will be housed at Steamtown. It’s being restored by its new owner, The Ontario and Western Historical Society.
Steamtown, along with the owner, hope to get the locomotive fully restored over the next couple of years and even possibly get it back into service.
“It means a lot,” commented Tim Kane of Scranton, “It means a lot to me because Scranton is a historic town, always was and always will be. We live by our past but we look to the future so that’s our anchor!”
The goal is to get the locomotive back into service at the Steamtown site in the next five years.
The O&W RHS, Inc. is a non profit organization.
Donations to help restore the Locomotive can be set to:
Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 713
Middletown, NY 10940
Here is the link to the original article with the video.
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O&WRHS D&U Trip, September 12, 2015
All Photos Courtesy of George Shammas.
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