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ALCO MODEL - HH660 #43

In July 2000, the Society entered into an agreement with RELCO LOCOMOTIVES, INC. to purchase this rare ALCO Model HH660 High Hood Switching Locomotive that was originally built in March, 1940 for the Buffalo Creek Railroad. This engine was the first ALCO diesel purchased by the railroad. It entered service on the BCRR on March 18, 1940 and serviced the waterfront industries of the City of Buffalo for over 26 years, when it was sold to RELCO in December, 1966. The locomotive had been in continuous service in various industries across the country since then. When the Society inspected the well traveled and out of service locomotive it was found to be an excellent candidate for restoration and eventual use.

Photo and data from original
American Locomotive Builder's card

General Electric
Builders Tag

MaIntosh & Seymore
Builders Tag

BuiltMarch 15th, 1940
Construction No.69239
Weight98 Tons
Length Coupler Faces43'-4-3/4"
Truck Wheel Base8'-0"
Truck Centers20'-2"
Axle Size7" x 14"
Wheels40" Dia.
Weight on Rear Truck99,900 lbs
Weight on Front Truck96,900 lbs
Total Weight197,500 lbs
Tractive Effort65,175 lbs
Prime MoverMcIntosh & Seymour 660 HP
Cylinders6 - 12-3/4" x 13" 700 RPM
Main GeneratorGE - GT-551-B1 600 volt
Traction MotorsGE - 287-F-51 600 volt
Gear Ratio16 to 75 - 40mph
BrakingNYAB 14 EL
Batteries14 - Exide MV-17-0 - 8 volt - 112volt total
Cooling205 Gallons - 16 Section Radiator
Diesel Fuel625 Gallons
Lubrication80 Gallons
Sand Capacity2,835 lbs

This Richard Ganger Photo was taken in July, 1950 of BCRR #43 at the old Ganson Street Engine house next to the Buffalo River in Buffalo, New York.

The Buffalo Creek Railroad celebrated it's 100th Anniversary on March 23rd, 1969. Below are two articles from the "Courier Express" newspaper and one from the "Buffalo Evening New" from that date. All three articles were saved by by Joe "Dick" Burns, who was an engineer on #43 and father of member Rick Burns.

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