On a beautiful, warm early April morning...
At home in the Manhattan cavern for which its dual-power capability was designed, Amtrak FL9 486 prepares to lead the westbound Lake Shore Limited out of town.
Adam Farence Photo........FL9 486 at the Albany,NY station while another FL9 sits beyond the bridge to the right of the photo.
The scrapping of a classic, continued. The prime mover from an ALCO/MLW unit is loaded onto a trailer for further recycling offsite. This FL9 will be disassembled into sections and hauled off to... (more)
The scrapping of a classic, continued. As if proud of a fresh kill, the crane hoists the first chunk of this fallen FL9's body high for all nearby to see.
The scrapping of a classic. The scrappers successfully remove the first chunk of car body, but not without a fight. A few more cuts of the torch were necessary before she'd let go. This is the ... (more)
The scrapping of a classic. A scrapper torches the primer mover from an ALCO/MLW unit that met its fate just prior to this former Amtrak FL9... You're next, buddy.
The scrapping of a classic. I had the privilege of taking the last cab photo from this streamliner that made thousands of trips up and down the Hudson between Albany and New York City in its heyd... (more)
The scrapping of a classic. With the cab door having been removed (foreground), workers have easier access and more room to perform their scrapping operation making many cuts to the body and fram... (more)
The scrapping of a classic. At the Morristown & Erie facility amid a pile of trucks and wheel sets, the former Amtrak 486 was backed into position to let the scrappers finish their work.
The scrapping of a classic. Having been off the Amtrak roster for about 2003, the Morristown & Erie decided it was time to let this one go for good.
Amtrak FL9 486 leads westbound train #63, the "Maple Leaf," along the Hudson River past Pollepel Island and Bannerman's Castle.
The 486 was in the process of being cut to pieces and dismantled for scrap when I took this. Despite the number board shattered, paint flaking, and rust showing through; this unit still looked go... (more)
This beauty wont be at the Streamliners at Spencer event this coming weekend - it no longer exists (it was scrapped last month, photo ... (more)
If you use some imagination, it looks as though this loco's mouth is open, gasping for life while scrappers make deep wounds dismantling it one chunk at a time.