New York State short line presses Alco back into service

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Western New York & Pennsylvania's Alco-built RS3M No. 406 rests in the shops at Olean, N.Y., on June 16.
Stephen C. Host
OLEAN, N.Y. — While General Electric and Electro-Motive locomotive dominate the short line and regional railroad industry, one short line in New York is welcoming in a new addition to its family of Alco units. The Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad is adding Alco RS3M No. 406 to its portfolio.

Formerly part of the Tioga Central Railroad, No. 406 received several upgrades, including LED lighting, a camera, alerter system, turbo replacement, new federally-mandated window glazing, and new paint, among other improvements. The locomotive is powered with a 12-cylinder Alco 251 prime mover.

No. 406 is expected to enter service by the end of June.

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