The Museum purchased a pair of historic New York Central E-8 diesel locomotives (NYC 4068 and NYC 4080) from Michael Fox of Kansas in 2007. The Units were transported via CSXT from Nashville, TN arriving in Lockport, NY in early April 2007.
E-8 experts Roger and Dwayne Fuehring (sons of the late Bill Fuehring who was instrumental in forming the national Rail Passenger Car Association) were on hand to check them over and fire them up. However, having not been operated in the previous 3 years, the E-8’s needed a good deal of maintenance and service. The units were stored in Lockport for a couple of years and are now stored in Medina, where they are undergoing restoration as time and funds permit.
In early August 2007 the Fuehring brothers were back in Lockport assisting with the servicing necessary to bring these units up to FRA maintenance standards for return to active duty on the “Falls Branch and Erie Canal Excursions” between Medina and Lockport, NY. New motor brushes and a pair of bolster shims have been installed. One replacement governor has been installed and checked out. Most of the FRA 92-day inspections have been completed. The brake valves were sent out for re-certification.
Volunteer labor has been difficult to schedule and these units have not been in service here yet. Hopefully they will be ready for service soon.
Your help in preserving these great locomotives will be most welcome. Upgrades and service work on these units is very expensive. Donations and gifts for this work will be greatly appreciated and can be mailed to us.
New Rail Cars
Four passenger type cars were purchased in late 2007. A 52 seat Passenger Coach, a Pullman Sleeper, a Café’ Car and a baggage/ power-generator car arrived from Canada by early August 2007. They were part of the St. Jacobs and Waterloo dinner train. Initially these cars will be stored off site until facilities can be prepared for them in Medina.
52 seat Day/Niter Coach & Baggage/Power Generator