D&U’s former NYO&W NW-2 number 116 crosses the Batavia Kill bridge at Kelly Corners heading west toward Roxbury with a five car train.
NYOW NW-2 116 Radiator and Paint
Left to D&U by the estate of the late Walter Rich, this locomotive could be considered D&U’s most historically significant. It is the only locomotive of the fabled New York, Ontario and Western to survive and still wear its original owner’s paint, and is the primary backup locomotive at D&U. It has a radiator leak that must be repaired, and following this, the locomotive will be sandblasted and a new coat of exterior paint applied so it can again shine in the O&W’s classic gray, yellow and orange diesel paint colors. Joe needs someone to step up to the plate to direct this project with his help, and we are actively recruiting a dedicated crew to facilitate the effort.
Society Volunteers work to protect the Society’s steam locomotive from mother nature’s wrath in 2008
Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Steam Locomotive #14
Stabilization and Cosmetic Restoration
UDRRHS’s 1920 Porter built steam locomotive is very similar to the 30 odd engines that were used in Ashokan Reservior construction, and as such is most appropriate. While the long range plan is a complete restoration to operating condition (turn-key estimates from Strasburg and Steamtown have ranged in the $225-300k range), a shorter term cosmetic restoration will not only protect the locomotive from further weather and rust damage, but allow it to be placed front and center in Arkville yard. The only steam locomotive in the Catskills west of Kingston, BEDT 14 is ideal for a steam locomotive restoration project as its compact size makes restoration easier and less expensive than a larger locomotive would be and in service will have lower maintenance costs as a result. The Volunteer Program is now accepting applicants for a project foreman to manage the cosmetic restoration. Materials and tools to complete the project will be supplied by D&U, returning the favor to the UDRRHS Volunteers for their efforts on other projects.