Lackawanna Terminal Railway GP-7
  
(Engine painted by Scott Lupia)
 
Mechanical forces inspect GP-7 5887 that has experienced a catastrophic engine failure causing an emergency application of the train brakes resulting in this train to fouling the East Buffalo Junction Interlocking and tying up trains from the Norfolk Southern, CSX, Conrail, and the Lackawanna Terminal Railway for several hours.


The all-round "champs" of the fleet, these units were built for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Purchased by the PRR for use on hotshot freights, these units still see service on Lackawanna Terminal Railway's through freights and even manage to get onto some hotshots occasionally when horsepower demands are high. However, these engines are now usually relegated to local and yard service since larger power has been brought on-line. These units are now most commonly seen as trailing units on some of the railroad's long-distance locals and local freights out of the various yards that dot the Lackawanna Terminal Railway Between Croxton Yard in New Jersey and Buffalo, New York.


Recently, due to a growth spike in the freight traffic on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway caused by outlandish (bordering on criminal fraud) promises and commitments made to shippers by the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's continually overzealous Marketing Department. The Transportation Department had no chance to fulfill these foolhardy promises due to lack of locomotives to move the freight and once again the Transportation Department, with the concurrence of the Accounting Department, hastily put out the word to the company's lead purchasing agent to bring in more motive power to sate the need to move the burgeoning freight.


Without consulting with the managers of the Transportation Department as to what variety and condition the required new equipment was to meet in order to fulfill the needs of the Transportation Department the lead purchasing agent called his former roommate from college who worked for a used locomotive reseller
* and, once again, gave the guy carte blanche to fill the order for more locomotives. The guy from the local locomotive reseller looked through his inventory for engines least likely to be purchased by any railroad that would actually come and inspect them. He found four ex-PC GP-7 locomotives in sorry shape and moved them into the shop for a cursory inspection, filter changes, a new brake shoe or two, and new air hoses. He then filled out the proper sales forms and faxed them to the lead purchasing clerk who, without reading them, signed the signature of his boss (a practice common in this department since the head of purchasing was seldom in his office during the day).

Once the paperwork again reached the reseller's agent the locomotives were drilled to the interchange track, where a small cash payoff to the originating railroad's equipment inspector insured that the locomotives would be accepted in interchange and the locomotives were delivered to Scranton.


Upon arrival, one of the engines was immediately sent out on a train at the insistence of the Yardmaster and over the objections of the up and coming Engine House foremen who, wisely, wanted to inspect the four engines rather than simply "paper whip" the locomotive before releasing them for service. The photographs above show the result of this engine's failure to fulfill the promises of the locomotive reseller's agent. Once again, no blame fell within ten miles of the lead purchasing agent who was protected by his uncle, a highly placed Lackawanna Terminal Railway manager. The blame was laid at the feet of the engineer for poor train handling and appropriate discipline was administered once again proving that it is better to be connected than smart.

 
 
(Engine painted by Scott Lupia)  


Lackawanna Terminal GP-7 5689 works the west end of East Buffalo yard. One of the four ex-PC geeps purchased from the locomotive reseller mentioned above and the first to go through the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's locomotive shops in Scranton for a reliability overhaul sans repaint before being placed in service. This engine is earning her keep blocking cars for interchange and local freights as well as switching industries within the East Buffalo Yard complex.


 
(Engine painted and detailed by Joe Kopin)

GP-7 1750 lounges outside the Scranton locomotive shop after having her trucks switched out and new traction motors and wheel sets installed. Complete trucks off of a sister engine were completely rebuilt prior to the 1750's arrival so her time in the shop is minimized.

 
(Engines painted and detailed by Joe Kopin)


GP-7s 1750 and 1758 wait in the clear at Coal Junction for a westbound freight to pass. Then these two workhorses will return to Greigsville, New York where they will complete their switching assignment at Perfection Plastic Products. They will pick up the rest of their train at Leicester and drill the Southern Tier Building Products reload center and Calamari Brothers Frozen Foods warehouse before returning to East Buffalo to tie up.


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