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Extra 3639 North is a project of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation to acquire, move and restore former Erie Lackawanna SDP45 No. 3639 (Conrail 6670). Our goal is to acquire the locomotive, move it to a location where restoration work can be undertaken and restore the locomotive to operating condition. The ultimate home for the locomotive will be the Marter Yard Railroad Museum in Youngstown, OH where it will be exhibited as part of the collection of regionally significant rail equipment. Youngstown was the heart of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and the steel mills in the area were the single greatest source of online revenue for the railroad.
We have made a deal with the Virginia Museum of Transportation to purchase the 6670 for $15,000. We have raised the initial $15,000 to pay for the purchase of the locomotive and will continue our campaign to raise an additional $10,000 to pay for the shipment of the locomotive as well as mechanical and air brake work needed to make the locomotive suitable for shipment.
Initially the locomotive will retain its identity as Conrail 6670, but at some point in the future it will be repainted into the as delivered Erie Lackawanna scheme. This is being done because it is easier to simply repaint it blue now with a minimal amount of work, whereas the EL scheme is quite detailed and when we do it we want to "get it right"!
The locomotive is missing a few major components, however we do have plans to eventually restore the locomotive to operational condition. What use might we have for this locomotive? That remains to be seen but opportunities may arise in the future if the locomotive is operational and Blue Carded. While the locomotive is 49 years old it only had 15 years of use, from 1969 to 1984, so it is certainly not worn out.
Please consider supporting this effort. This is probably the only real chance that the locomotive will have to meet a fate other than scrap, so let's make it happen!
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