Dailey Foundation awards grant to Lake Shore Railway Historical Society

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The former Genesee & Wyoming switcher to be moved to Pennsylvania.
Lake Shore Railway Historical Society
NORTH EAST, Pa. – The Thomas E. Dailey Foundation of Chicago has awarded the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society $3,000 for its Locomotive Rescue Fund, and specifically towards the moving locomotives to the society’s museum. The money will be used to move the first diesel-electric locomotive owned by New York State short line Genesee & Wyoming from Youngstown, Ohio, to North East.

G&W is now is a multi-national short line holding company with more than 100 railroads.

The 1944 Erie-built General Electric 80-ton locomotive will join the Museum’s six other GE locomotives in North East.

In 1962, Genesee & Wyoming sold the locomotive to construction contractor Hunkin-Conkey, which moved it to Warren for use in building the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River. The locomotive remained stored in Warren after the construction of Kinzua pending the start of a tourist railroad that never materialized. In 1982, a locomotive broker sold the locomotive to a steel mill near Youngstown, Ohio. The locomotive, eventually sold and moved to McDonald Steel, was gifted to Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation in 2008. The Foundation transferred ownership of the locomotive to the Society last month.

In addition to the ex-G&W locomotive, McDonald Steel Alco S2 No. 777 built in Nov. 1946, will also be moved to North East. It is one of four S2s purchased that year by Carnegie Illinois Steel Corp. (U.S. Steel) for the Ohio Works in Youngstown. The Alcos replaced a fleet of 0-6-0 switchers then in use at the plant. The Ohio Works had blast furnaces and steelmaking furnaces to convert iron ore into steel and roll it into semi-finished shapes such as blooms and slabs. Those shapes were then moved 3.5 miles by rail over the U.S. Steel-owned Youngstown & Northern Railroad to the McDonald Works where the finishing mills were located.

Two of the Alcos survive, and are now owned by the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation. One will be will be stabilized, repainted, and left on its siding in Youngstown for future display, while No. 777 it will be moved to the Lake Shore Railway Museum for temporary exhibit. It will retain its McDonald Steel paint scheme and will be dedicated to David Houck, founder and first president. The two Alcos are the largest existing artifacts from the Ohio Works, which has been demolished.

The society has already received instructions and approval from the CSX Clearance Bureau for shipping locomotives to North East, but other issues still need to be worked out before the two locomotives can be moved.

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