On page 63 of the latest issue of OGR Ed Boyle has an excellent article on the Lionel UP Gen-Set locomotive.  Lewis Brothers Scrap Metal in Fairfield, Illinois, has eight real ones for sale...reportedly for a scrap price of as little as $130,000. each.   Note:  Original box not included.

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I Thought Growing Old Would Take Longer.

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These obviously aren't out of the Los Angeles area. No graffiti. Interesting that they're surplus/salvage so soon in their lives. Out here in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, they get a lot of use on the locals.

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It is a shame to see them go at such an early age. I was told the Gensets where very undependable. Its obvious that they look like switchers, but thats all they can do. I was told these cannot be lashed up to a road consist as they would normally fail en route, or was not capable of handeling the load when switching from one engine to another on the frame versus the conventional switcher. They normally were used for industry and yards but would break down often. As eco friendly as they may be, they were fuel hoggers, and the maintenance to keep up to eco standards were expensive. The eco friendly computers would bog down the prime movers. This was another "shop queen" for most railroads. But if you have the money, and you have some light to moderate switching in the industries and rail yards of your railroad, this would be a "good" locomotive for the job. 

Allan Loczy posted:

I was told the Gensets where very undependable. Its obvious that they look like switchers, but thats all they can do. I was told these cannot be lashed up to a road consist as they would normally fail en route, or was not capable of handeling the load when switching from one engine to another on the frame versus the conventional switcher. They normally were used for industry and yards but would break down often. As eco friendly as they may be, they were fuel hoggers, and the maintenance to keep up to eco standards were expensive. The eco friendly computers would bog down the prime movers. This was another "shop queen" for most railroads. 

I was railfanning a very small yard years ago, right after the Gensets came out, a couple of which were sitting in the yard, and happened to talk with a engineer about them. He said they were not good pullers, and he just didn't like them.  I remember he said "Just give me an old Geep any day, " or words to that effect.

breezinup posted:

I was railfanning a very small yard years ago, right after the Gensets came out, a couple of which were sitting in the yard, and happened to talk with a engineer about them. He said they were not good pullers, and he just didn't like them.  I remember he said "Just give me an old Geep any day, " or words to that effect.

"I remember he said "Just give me an old Geep any day, " or words to that effect."

I'm sure there were some more words in there that aren't appropriate for a family magazine!!

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