Hailed as a great advance in environment-safe locomotives ten or fifteen years ago...eight Union Pacific Gen-Set locomotives, now no longer subsidized by the government, are up for sale...maybe scrap. They are now sitting in sidings at Lewis Brothers Scrap Metals in the small Southern Illinois town of Fairfield, IL, who want to sell them...but if not sold will reportedly be scrapped on site. When I visited there recently a mechanic for Mid-America Locomotives (a locomotive re-builder and second-hand locomotive dealer) from Evansville, IN., was inspecting them. When new they reportedly cost near 1.7 million each. Scrap prices now reportedly could be as low as $130,000 each. Rebuilt or sold for parts...maybe considerably more. Lewis Brothers, now their owner, I'm sure, hopes that re-builders will buy them, fix them up and sell them to short lines, or industrial roads. Fairfield may be a good place to sell locomotives, at least 3 locomotive rebuilders/sellers are within 100 miles of that location.
For those who keep track of such things, their numbers are 2693, 2699, 2673, 2687, 2681, 2618, 2638 and 2693.
The current issue of OGR (Run308), on page 63, has an extensive article on the Gen-Set concept and on Lionel's handsome models of them