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Benjamin Richards

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Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« on: August 06, 2019, 09:34:16 AM »
On August 5, Age of Steam Roundhouse announced the acquisition of B&LE 643, the lone survivor of the road's fleet of beefy 2-10-4s.

This marks the commencement of a (hopefully) less dramatic chapter in the engine's life. As a native of Pittsburgh, this announcement was particularly exciting for me.

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2019/08/05-age-of-steam-acquires-ble-2-10-4

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Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2020, 06:52:19 AM »
Is there anything good coming out of this deal anytime soon?

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Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2020, 09:29:05 AM »
It has only "partially" been moved to the the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum.  You can read an update here:
http://www.ageofsteamroundhouse.org/bessemer-lake-erie-no-643-update-3/
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Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 12:48:37 PM »
It appears that they are still "weighing" their options on weather or not to send the boiler and other heavy components back to Sugar Creek by road or by rail.
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Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 04:29:53 PM »
Well it won't go via N-S.  They have banned everything private, to include AMTRAK certified passenger cars.  The Gov, Senators, and other Congressmen had to get involved just for N&W 611 to visit Strasburg and the PA RR Museum this year.
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Re: Age of Steam acquires B&LE 643
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 05:38:57 PM »
Let me clarify - *if* it ships via rail - it will be in pieces on flatcars (or other conventional equipment.) The frame has already been separated from the boiler.
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