|#4483 was built in May of 1923 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Number 259 of a lot of 475, c/n 56534, this "Decapod" is the last one of its class, I-1s, of which 598 were built. In February, 1931, it was converted to an I1sa and assigned to the Eastern Region, Susquehanna Division and Northern Region. On 11-1-1944, #4483 was reassigned to the Eastern Region, Central PA Division and Williamsport Division when it was equiped with "Whistle and Acknowledger for the Cab Signal System." The I1sa was no stranger to Western New York, having been assigned to the PRR Ebeenezer, New York yards in the early 50's, and was often seen hauling coal drags up the Elmria Branch to the coal unloading docks in Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario, New York. The locomotive was dropped from equipment records on August 7th, 1957 by PRR Chief of Motive Power, Hal T. Cover with instructions to "Hold as Relic." In 1963 the Pennsy sold the engine to the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) to display on their front lawn. In the fall of 1982, the WNYRHS aquired the engine and tender as WABCO no longer wanted it on their property. Today, the locomotive is on display and is currently undergoing cosmetic restoration at the Societies work site in Hamburg, New York with its short haul tender.|
Tender is now repainted
"Dark Green Loco Enamel"
|Engineer's side old metal 9/1996||New Sheet Metal 7/2003|
Both rear cab windows have been replaced using original wood frames as patterns. New window
frames were constructed with mortise and tenon joints and glazed with schedule 11 Lexan©.
This is the original Single Note"Banshee Whistle" from #4483
#4483 is still undergoing cosmetic restoration at this time and has just recieved a complete paint job in May 2003. Plans for operational restoration are not in the immediate future due to the economic climate and the lack of railroads willing to take on the insurance risks. However, from professional mechanical inspections, the boiler has been found to be sound but will need retubing and flues. The running gear is in good shape with some spring equalizer work needed. Three years prior to retirement, #4483 had gone through a Class 3 overhaul by the Pennsylvania RR, and the Society is striving to keep the I1sa in better than good condition. As work is completed, watch for updates and new photo's
| I1 Slide Set Sale |
The Society has a limited number of professional color slides of I1's on the road in the 1950's. They are on sale at our Society Store, $10.00 per set including Shipping and Handling. Click on photo for more details.
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