Compiled by the Lackawanna Terminal Technical & Historical Society
Lackawanna Terminal Logo designed by Tom Markert

Locomotive painting was done by Joe Kopin and Scott Lupia whose efforts in creating the mood of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway through their talents are greatly appreciated.

The Lackawanna Terminal Railway's early motive power requirements make it a Mecca for first generation locomotive enthusiasts. Part of the original sales and operating agreement with Conrail provided for the transfer of forty eight locomotives. The Lackawanna Terminal Railway was lucky enough to be allowed to pick from a roster of excess Conrail motive power when it first started off in 1976. Although much of the power the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's mechanical management had to choose from was worn  down and beat up from lack of maintenance and long service life they choose wisely and ex-Lackawanna power was a favorite choice although the motive power roster reflects the heritage of  several Conrail predecessor railroads. When the Lackawanna Terminal Railway was founded in 1976, it had enticed the best of the young diesel mechanics from the former Erie Lackawanna Railway, who were looking forward to a bleak if not short future on Conrail, to support its new roster. These skilled mechanics have kept the "vintage" motive power fleet in operating condition.

The Lackawanna Terminal Railway has always had a frugal motive power policy, but it has proved to be a good one. GP-7s and RS-3s were the first to be taken as well as some of the GP-35's which had the obsolete "567" prime movers and troublesome turbochargers and therefore were not in Conrail's long-range plans. Ex-Penn Central and Reading SW-1500's and S-4s were next. Some ex-Lackawanna C-424's and Lehigh Valley U-23B's were added to the growing list of engines.

To handle heavy freights over the steep grades in the Pocono mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley C-628s and PC C-630s were purchased at modest cost. They proved to be strong pullers if somewhat unreliable at first. These engines, as all newly acquired power, went through the Lackawanna Terminal Locomotive shops in Scranton for mechanical work to ensure their reliability on the mountainous eastern portion of the railroad. The Lackawanna Terminal Railway's Locomotive shops, with the help of a large supply of Alco parts eventually turned these monsters into good performers until more modern power could be acquired.

As tonnage and train frequency increased, the Lackawanna Terminal Railway purchased used GP-40 locomotives to power their through container and piggy back trains converting them to more modern standards with Dash-2 electronics. Six axle ex-Burlington Northern and Southern Pacific SD-45's and ex-Erie-Lackawanna U33Cs, were later purchased to fill a growing need for high horsepower locomotives.

Lackawanna Terminal Motive Power Roster
Yard and Industrial Switchers:

LT's switcher roster can be most commonly seen switching the yards around the system, and running short-distance locals (such as the Depew Turn that serves the National Chemical and Refining plant just east of Buffalo).

EMD SW-9 Series 250-259  
EMD SW1500 Series 150-159  

Light Road Power:

The true workhorses of the Lackawanna Terminal, these units handle any task that's thrown at them. From way freights to hotshot freights, these all-purpose units have the highest availability of any LT motive power, and for good reason. Their all around usefulness demands they be serviceable most of the time.

Alco RS3
Series 1600-1607
Alco C-420 
Numbers 2072, 23, 24 Built for the Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad these locomotive had no place in Conrail's future plans so three were picked up and do yeoman service over the entire Lackawanna Terminal Railway system.
EMD GP-7 Series 1750-1759, 5880-5895
Alco C424
Series 2400-2414
Series 2550-2575 Originally purchased by the EL in 1965, these units (ex-EL 2551-2569) have had their troublesome turbochargers replaced with modern Dash 2 style turbos, making them some of the most reliable units in the LT fleet. Along with the GP40s, these units are preferred for high speed hotshot piggyback trains.
General Electric U-23B Series 2300-2310
EMD GP-40 Series 3000-3019 Built for the New York Central as their 3000-3019, these units continue their long tradition of being on the point of hotshot trains.

Heavy Mainline Power:

The most visible of all motive power on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway are the mainline units that can be found on the point of any major Lackawanna Terminal freight. Note that research is still continuing on the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's mainline power fleet, and as such, not all units are listed here yet.

Alco C-628/630 - These engines were picked up cheap and, after some heavy maintenance to make them reliable were placed on the heaviest trains that run over the Lackawanna Terminal Railway.
GE U33C Series 3307-3315
EMD SD-45 Series 3600-3615 There are many more engines yet to be included in this motive power revue. More photos are coming as the Society continues to document to growing Lackawanna Terminal roster. Stop by soon as the LTT&HS continues to chronicle the variety and color of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's motive power.

Foreign and Leased Locomotives

JPMX lease locomotives
Conrail transfer freight enters East Buffalo Junction
Susquehanna RS-1 arrive at East Buffalo Yard
Southern Pacific locomotive 8832 in the Scranton Shops  
Lackawanna Terminal Railway Leased Locomotives
Norfolk Southern Engines visit the Lackawanna Terminal
CSX running through East Buffalo Junction

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