No. 1556 GE 70 Ton Switcher Diesel

No. 1556 GE 70 Ton Switcher Diesel

The Number 1556 GE 70 Ton Switcher Diesel was built in 1950 by General Electric Transportation Systems for Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE). The locomotive was originally numbered 556 by PGE and was one of six GE 70 locomotives they owned.

In 1965, PGE retired No. 556 and sold it to Lake Ontario Steel Company (LASCO) in Whitby, Ontario. There it was repainted and renumbered #1. The locomotive worked in the yard moving scrap steel.

Around 1985, the locomotive was sent to Toronto to get a new engine and be repainted. A 600 HP Cummins motor replaced the 600 HP Cooper-Bessemer motor.

In 1997, the locomotive was acquired and lead by the founder of SOLRS, where it pulled trains for St. Thomas Railway.

In 2007, it moved to Waterloo and started Waterloo Central Railway. The locomotive was renumbered 1556 and in 2008 was repainted with a CN-style scheme.

NUMBER WCR 1556
FUEL Diesel
DESCRIPTION 70 Ton Deisel-Electric Switching Locomotive
POWER 600 Horse-Power
MODEL GE 70 Ton
CLASS B-B-140/140-4GE748
SERIAL NUMBER 30440
BUILT Febuary 1950
BUILDER General Electric Transportation Systems
PREVIOUS OWNER Pacific Great Eastern, Number 556
ACQUIRED FROM Lake Ontario Steel Company
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August 19, 2016