Summer 2019 likely to be the last for short line's six-axle Montreal Locomotive Works units

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Western New York & Pennsylvania Montreal Locomotive Works No. 630 re-fueling
Montreal Locomotive Works C630 No. 630 pauses at the head of a Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad train to re-fuel. The locomotive will likely be mothballed in the near future in favor of newer power. 
Stephan Koenig
ERIE, Pa. — Famed Alco railroad Western New York & Pennsylvania will soon replace its venerable six-axle Alco diesel-electric locomotives with more modern equipment.

A source close to the railroad tells Trains this week that Summer 2019 will likely be the last for the larger Montreal Locomotive Works diesels — built in Canada, but patterned after American Locomotive Co. designs.

The railroad will be taking delivery of eight former CSX Transportation AC46CW locomotives to replace them in June. Six of the CSX locomotives will be in service while two will serve as parts supplies for the active units.

The search for replacements began two years ago as the railroad sought modernize the fleet, reduce moving parts, save fuel and improve WNY&P’s carbon footprint.

Progress Rail offered the locomotives to the WNY&P and representatives tested them on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad before making their decision. All the units selected for purchase were located on the A&M in Springdale, Ark., and will be serviced there prior to leaving the A&M.

The parts locomotives will be shipped to the WNY&P in June. The operable units will be shipped as they are serviced between June and August and will see service on the WNY&P shortly after they arrive. The locomotives will be painted in the current Livonia, Avon & Lakeville livery — the parent railroad of the WNY&P —and numbered 6000-6005 prior to delivery. There is no confirmation yet on their former CSX numbers.

The big six-axle locomotives from Montreal will be phased out of service as they arrive and will be stored serviceable. The source close to the railroad has confirmed that there are no plans to replace any of the four-axle Alco/MLW fleet as they are said to be performing well.

WNY&P maintains offices in Olean, N.Y., and Meadville, Pa. Parent company LA&L is based in Lakeville, N.Y.

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