Buffalo Southern is bringing ancient Montreal locomotive back to life

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Buffalo Southern’s only C424M, No. 4212, undergoes testing at the railroad's shops in Hamburg, N.Y.
Pat Connors
ERIE, Pa. — Anyone who has visited the Buffalo Southern shop in Hamburg, N.Y., during the last several years likely saw a dead line comprised of several Alco and Montreal Locomotive Works locomotives in various states of disrepair.

Tor the better part of 20 years, former Canadian Pacific C424M No. 4212, from the Montreal shops, was among them.

No. 4212 is the only C424 currently owned by the Buffalo Southern. When it was purchased from the Quebec Gatineau railroad in 2000 it was one of three units bought for possible traffic increase.

Alco RS18 No. 1847 was the first to be put in service but, No. 4241 was sold in 2004 leaving the No. 4212 alone and in the dead line with an uncertain future.

“Over time we acquired parts for it from various sources,” says Pat Connors, Buffalo Southern's chief mechanical officer.

As time permitted, work took place on No. 4212 and in summer 2018, it rolled under its own power for the first time since the railroad bought it. During the winter, more work took place to work out the minor issues the unit had including such things as cleaning, repairing, and parts painting. Everything, right down to the latches on the equipment doors were gone over and repaired.

During the last few weeks Buffalo Southern railroaders tested the locomotive on a charter excursion and a freight train.

“I still have some minor electrical issues but she is good to go,” Connors says.

For now, No. 4212 will keep its faded CP paint until it can enter the shop to receive a full paint treatment.

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