Porter 15 Ton Steam Locomotive
New Haven FL-9 #484
Built in 1957 by EMD for the New Haven Railroad as a FL9 and used in passenger service in and out of New York City and Grand Central Terminal. Ownership transferred to Penn Central Railroad after the merger with New Haven in 1968. After the Penn Central bankruptcy the locomotive was sold to Amtrak in 1976. Amtrak retired the unit in 2002 and it was sold into private ownership and eventually used in dinner train service by the current owner. Some of the mechanical details include: Great body & roof, 645-C block, 2,000 HP, 500 KW Cummins Head End Power Generator (approx 5176 hours), 26-L brake valves, last inspection dated April 17th 2019 (been stored since late 2019), event recorder, AAR control stand, updated wiring, rebuilt by Peaker Services 7/24/91, D-22-D.T main generator, ditch lights, block heater, . NOTE: This locomotive is in operating condition, the tarp over the cab was installed to help protect it from winter weather.
Locomotive Shipping FAQ
Q- What does it cost to ship a locomotive by rail?
A- To ship a locomotive by rail, it will need to have roller bearings, alignment control couplers, serviceable wheels, UMLER registration, reporting marks, number and AEI tags installed. The average cost to prep will depend on the physical characteristics of the locomotive but will average between $5,000- $8,000+. Each railroad will have their own individual tariff for moving dead (out of service) locomotives and the average tariff will range between $5.000 per mile to $20.00 per mile.
Q- What does it costs to ship a locomotive by flat car?
A- Shipping a locomotive by flat car is often a viable option if the locomotive is older or has friction wheel bearings. As with any shipping, it will depend on the miles between origin and the destination since all shipping is calculated by mileage. The advantage to a flat car, is that if the locomotive has a mechanical problem enroute and if the railroad does not have the parts to repair. It will get bad ordered and you will be responsible to have someone go to where the unit is and repair onsite. When shipping by flat car, you do have the added cost of a crane and the rental of the flat car. But you have the assurance that the locomotive's physical attributes will not interfere with the movement of the unit.