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MODELING NEW YORK CENTRALS ERIE-BUILTS
by John Welther
Photos by the author

Its summer 1959 as a New York Central freight rolls through southwestern Illinois. The re-engined Erie-built is running out the last few years of service before being traded in.

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mmediately following WWII, dieselization became a priority with Americas railroads. New York Central was among the roads to quickly realize the benefits of the

diesel-electric locomotive. When compared to a steam locomotive the operational costs were more economical. Fairbanks-Morse was one of the builders

that New York Central turned to at this time of transition to dieselization. The Centrals first order with F-M was for a pair of 1,000hp switchers in December of 1946. Nearly a

NYC 5003 switches out cars at a local grainery.

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