Wednesday, November 25, 2009

PLR Acquires first motive power, rolling stock

PLR News Release:

The fledgling narrow-gauge railroad museum and tourist line announced its first acquisition of equipment Tuesday, including its two first servicable locomotives purchased this summer. With the small company strapped for cash, the railroad's owner is celebrating these initial purchases as a way to get the first train rolling by next summer, 2010. The railway's first equipment consisted of a small diesel switcher (LGB) purchased from the overstocked White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Alaska, accompanied by a ten-wheeler steam locomotive with 4-6-0 wheel configuration. Both will be serviced and fitted for use in the PLR's inaugural year in 2010.

A surprise acquisition of used rolling stock occured last night, including a "bobber" logging caboose, wooden 30' flat car, and wood-sided gondola. Though needing some restoration and retrofitting, these first pieces of rolling stock will be repainted, re-wheeled, and converted for light freight and tourist passenger service.

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