Leased Power on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway  
(Engine painted and detailed by Joe Kopin)


When the need for more power was realized the Lackawanna Terminal Railway turned to its locomotive shop to meet the need with rebuilt used locomotives bought and stored when the Lackawanna Terminal Railway was formed in 1976. Unable to supply the needed horsepower immediately due to a backlog of engines to be serviced and lack of the required shop space the Lackawanna Terminal Railway turned to locomotive leasing company MPI for short term leases. SD-45 9018 is an example of what was available at the time and the railroad picked up a half dozen to meet its horsepower needs until its own engines could be brought on-line. Today MPI 9018 trails a Lackawanna terminal Railway's SD-45 3605 westbound on a run through freight to Chicago over the Norfolk Southern.


 

MPI 9018, a lease unit on temporary assignment with the Lackawanna Terminal Railway takes the siding at East Jay to meet an eastbound freight near Corning, New York. This train is headed for interchange with CSX in Buffalo with general freight for Chicago. A stop will be made at Groveland, New York to pickup outbound sulphur loads going to National Chemical and Refining Corporation in DePew, New York via East Buffalo yard. The sulphur will be refined and modified using a proprietary chemical process which will make it suitable as a substitute orange colored, cheese flavored snack food additive.

 
(Engines painted and detailed by Joe Kopin)


We catch up to extra MPI 9018 approaching Groveland Siding where it will pause to pick up loaded covered hoppers and tank cars of sulphur coming out of Sulphex Chemical Company, an important on-line customer for the Lackawanna Terminal Railway. Sulphex Chemical Company modifies high sulphur coal by greatly lowering the sulphur content and, at the same time, increasing the BTU value of the coal. This higher BTU coal is valuable for power plants and steel making where high sulphur coal from the southern and Midwestern states was being phased out in favor of coal lower in sulphur, albeit more expensive coal, being hauled out of the Power River Basin. A major byproduct of this new and expensive process is sulphur in powdered or liquid form and another profit center for the Lackawanna Terminal Railway.


 
(Engine painted and detailed by Joe Kopin)

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