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Finally SAVED!

Posted by kp5308 on Mon Feb 17 18:34:31 2020

A long process that included a ruling by the US Department of Justice has reached a major milestone. Stockton Terminal and Eastern EMD SW1200 #678 has been spotted at the BNSF yard in Stockton CA. ready for movement east. In order to meet California EPA requirements associated with the locomotive's replacement the prime mover was intentionally made inoperable by drilling at least one hole in the engine block. DOJ got involved due to the engine moving across state lines for donation. The switcher was photographed in 2017 at Stockton:


The locomotive is bound for Hamburg PA and the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society. The endcab left LaGrange in 1963 as Reading #2719. It will be the only green & yellow switcher in our collection once it is repainted. It has been heavily modified internally in several ways including a Detroit Diesel prime mover replacement. This was easily the most complex acquisition the Society has been involved with. The below shot was taken in Philly in '73:


No exaggeration gang...a book could be written about all the drama, suspense, intrigue, letters (both legal & informal), phone calls, court testimony and rulings plus the mountain of paperwork generated by all the parties involved to get this done. I don't think I'll ever really know everything that went down. And I'll probably be better off that way!

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