'Locomotive' awards $1,000 grant to "must-see" Lackawanna F unit

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Lackawanna Fs Mayes
No. 663 leading a Steamtown excursion.
Alex Mayes
WAUKESHA, Wis. – The readers of Kalmbach's annual Locomotive magazine have spoken. They have chosen the Tri-State Railway Historical Society's Lackawanna-painted F3 No. 663 as the "must see" diesel locomotive to receive a $1,000 grant from Locomotive and Kalmbach. The locomotive's supporters came through with 402 nominations.

As announced in Locomotive 2013, Tri-State will receive a donation of $1,000 toward the care of No. 663, and the 1948-vintage EMD F3 will be featured in the next issue of Locomotive. The organization, part of the National Railway Historical Society, will use the money has part of $5,000 project to restore the locomotive's compressor.

"There were many miracles that helped the F3s along, the same miracles that every successful project seems to attract," says Mike Del Vecchio, group president, chief mechanical officer, and F3 project leader. "But as everyone who has ever tried to preserve railway equipment knows, saving and restoring the piece is less than half the battle. Maintaining it for future generations is considerably more work and expense."

No. 663 is one of two former Bangor & Aroostook F3As restored to operating condition in Delaware, Lackawanna & Western colors. No. 663 is the pride of the Tri-State group, while the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society owns sister No. 664. The two locomotives are based at Steamtown in Scranton, Pa., and are scheduled to travel to the streamliners event in Spencer, N.C., in May.

Other locomotives nominated include:

1: Delaware, Lackawanna & Western 663 (F3A) 402 nominations
2: Milwaukee Road 5057 (U25B) 156 nominations
3: Missouri-Kansas-Texas 142 (EMD-repowered RS3) 153 nominations
4: Erie Lackawanna 3372 (U34CH) 42 nominations
5: Southern Pacific 9010 (Krauss-Maffei ML4000C ‘C’) 41 nominations
6: Louisville & Nashville 770 (E6A) 21 nominations
7: Reading 902 and 903 (FP7) 18 nominations 
8: New York Central 2500 (U25B) 14 nominations
9 (tie): Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 9911 (E5A) 13 nominations
9 (tie): U.S. Army 7178 (GE 65 ton)
10: CP Rail 4744 (M640) 12 nominations

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