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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
MaIntosh & Seymore
|Built||March 15th, 1940|
|Length Coupler Faces||43'-4-3/4"|
|Truck Wheel Base||8'-0"|
|Axle Size||7" x 14"|
|Weight on Rear Truck||99,900 lbs|
|Weight on Front Truck||96,900 lbs|
|Total Weight||197,500 lbs|
|Tractive Effort||65,175 lbs|
|Prime Mover||McIntosh & Seymour 660 HP|
|Cylinders||6 - 12-3/4" x 13" 700 RPM|
|Main Generator||GE - GT-551-B1 600 volt|
|Traction Motors||GE - 287-F-51 600 volt|
|Gear Ratio||16 to 75 - 40mph|
|Braking||NYAB 14 EL|
|Batteries||14 - Exide MV-17-0 - 8 volt - 112volt total|
|Cooling||205 Gallons - 16 Section Radiator|
|Diesel Fuel||625 Gallons|
|Sand Capacity||2,835 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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