4.3.18

MORE HEAVY ELECTRICS IN MY BACK YARD.

Illinois Railway Museum will be taking delivery of Amtrak AEM-7 (Toaster or Swedish Meatball) 945.  I doubt that the locomotive will be re-wired to run on the museum's track.

Last year, the museum acquired an earlier rectifier locomotive, originally built to haul coal for the Virginian Railway, later put into freight service by the New Haven and successor owners Penn Central and Conrail.


There is a collection box for doing a cosmetic restoration of the shell.  It's unlikely this motor will ever run in service.  The South Shore electric locomotive in the collection, which has circuitry more compatible with the 600 volt direct current on the demonstration railroad, is capable of knocking out the substation if the motorman takes too much power.


In a barn is a cosmetically restored GG1, also unlikely ever to run.

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