Full size Switcher and old flatcars for sale via Auction

My employer, Talen Energy, is auctioning off one locomotive and some old flat cars as part of general clean up around the plant.  The loco documentation is a mix of sw-9 and sw-1200.  The engine turns over freely but will not start as the generator needs work.  Loco is equipped for Cat-tron remote operation.  Engine repair tag from 1999 indicates it is equipped with a 12-645 engine.  The open house to view this equipment is from 9 to 11 am at Brunner Island steam electric power station, Mount Wolf PA., on 10/28/2017.  Zip code is 17347.  The auction for this equipment will be held on November 11th at Talen's Harwood facility.  

Note, on 10/28 there will also be an auction onsite from 11 am til completion for all equipment related to an abandoned fish farm facility on the property.  Access to the power plant itself will not granted.

The flatcars are lighter duty equipment with wooden decks that would need to be replaced if used.  There is also a stubby flat car equipped with arch bar trucks and handrails that was used to give rides in the plant at one point in time.  None of this equipment is suitable for interchange.  The "bread boxes" on three of the flat cars were used for sand blasting  turbine rotors during inspections.  These are also for sale.

Please see attached photos.  If anyone is seriously interested in acquiring this equipment please contact me via email and I will get you more info on the auction. 

Thank you

(Note - was not sure if this or the for sale forum was the right place for this unique posting)

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May God Bless us all.

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SGP posted:

Any idea on the heritage of the flat cars? I hope the older car with arch bar trucks finds a good home.

Not really.  The full size ones with the bread boxes I think came to the plant in a trade for scrap steel decades ago.  They really only get used for mobile storage during turbine outage work.  Any more the blasting companies come with their own tents that are designed to help them collect the blasting media.  

The arch bar truck one is kinda interesting.  The wheel sets are mismatched.  One pair of axles has the wheel castings with the spiral patterns on the back, the other does not.  The dates on the wheels are super old, single digits thru the 20's.  I have no idea were it came from. 

I expect that all the flatcars will be purchased for scrap.  IF somebody needs a big yard decoration or a light weight bridge for their property, here's your chance!

May God Bless us all.

jhz563 posted:

My employer, Talen Energy, is auctioning off one locomotive and some old flat cars as part of general clean up around the plant.  The loco documentation is a mix of sw-9 and sw-1200.  The engine turns over freely but will not start as the generator needs work.  Loco is equipped for Cat-tron remote operation.  Engine repair tag from 1999 indicates it is equipped with a 12-645 engine. 

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Please note that the prime mover (engine) is actually an "old" 12-567C that has been up-graded with 645 power assemblies. Thus the designation "12-645CE", i.e. the crankcase is still an "original" 567C crankcase.

Another thought, although the trucks are equipped with roller bearings, those old switchers did NOT have alignment controlled draft gear/couplers, thus big railroads will generally not move such a unit in-train. Any potential buyer will probably have to truck it to its new home. 

HW- thank you for the clarification on the engine block. I didn't have an explanation for why the original manuals were referring to a 567 block and yet the tag marked it as a 645.  I didn't realize that was a possibility.

May God Bless us all.

Hot Water posted:
 
Another thought, although the trucks are equipped with roller bearings, those old switchers did NOT have alignment controlled draft gear/couplers, thus big railroads will generally not move such a unit in-train. Any potential buyer will probably have to truck it to its new home. 

Understand your point about the lack of alignment control couplers. However this switcher still can be transported via rail if loaded onto a suitable flatcar. That's how the illinois Railway Museum moved a 1930-built Westinghouse diesel from Minneapolis, MN to Union, IL last summer - see picture below of same at arrival at UP/IRM interchange. Still need cranes and blocking ( <<< usually where most of the transport money goes) but depending upon arrangements / distance of movement rail may be cost competitive with a truck move.

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Hot Water posted:
 
Another thought, although the trucks are equipped with roller bearings, those old switchers did NOT have alignment controlled draft gear/couplers, thus big railroads will generally not move such a unit in-train. Any potential buyer will probably have to truck it to its new home. 

Understand your point about the lack of alignment control couplers. However this switcher still can be transported via rail if loaded onto a suitable flatcar. That's how the illinois Railway Museum moved a 1930-built Westinghouse diesel from Minneapolis, MN to Union, IL last summer - see picture below of same at arrival at UP/IRM interchange. Still need cranes and blocking ( <<< usually where most of the transport money goes) but depending upon arrangements / distance of movement rail may be cost competitive with a truck move.

That is an acceptable way for IRM to have many of their rail equipment moved into their large museum, especially since they have a good rail connection as well as their own trains to lift the item off the flat car. For the purchase of the switcher being discussed above, it will be potentially much cheaper to move the locomotive by highway truck, since the cost of cranes will be required to both load AND unload the locomotive, not to mention the charges involved with the railroad/railroads involved in moving the flat car (assuming the potential buyer does have a good rail connection).

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