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Coopersville & Marne Railway

 

 

Equipment Roster

Operating Equipment

Grand Trunk Western SW-9 #7014

 

7014 is a General Motors EMD SW9 diesel electric locomotive built in 1952.  Since this is the strongest locomotive we have, we typically use this as our main locomotive for our passenger trains.  It's 125 tons and 1200 horsepower.  It has a large 12-cylinder diesel engine which runs an electric generator which feeds electricity down to the electric motors in the trucks.  You can read more about EMD SW9 locomotives on Wikipedia here or watch a video tour of the locomotive by a local makers' group here.

 

G.E. 44-Ton #3049

3049 is a 50-ton center cab locomotive built by General Electric in 1957.  It came from Dupont Chemical in Montegue, MI.  It has 2 IHB 600 Cummings diesel engines, 150 horsepower each.  We use this locomotive for pushing equipment around in the yard for maintenance.  We also use it for some of our lighter loaded passenger trains.  It's harder to start but simpler to operate than 7014.  3049 was originally built by GE as the 50-ton version of their 45-ton base model.  The base model had an additional 5 tons of steel added to its deck plate at the factory (to make it heavier and give it more traction on the rails), which was sold by GE as their 50-ton model.  For more information on GE 45-ton and 50-ton switchers, check out the Wikipedia page here.

 

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western #4345 (Coopersville & Marne #7001)

This car is our car #7001 and is typically operated as "Car 1" (not always - we sometimes rearrange the cars).  Built in 1919, this car was used in the film "Biloxi Blues" before coming here.  It was operated very similarly to #7002 below - it was an electric commuter car operating out in Hoboken, NJ.  See if you can spot the horns and the old electric controls on the west end of both cars.

 

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western #4445 (Coopersville & Marne #7002)

This car is our car #7002 and is typically operated as "Car 2" (not always - we sometimes rearrange the cars).  Built in 1920 for the DL&W, it was operated very similarly to #7001 above - it was an electric commuter car operating out in Hoboken, NJ.  See if you can spot the horns and the old electric controls on the west end of both cars.

 

Canadian National #4974 (Coopersville & Marne #7003)

 

This car is our car #7003 and is typically operated as "Car 3".  Built around 1925 (exact date unknown), this car is our largest operational passenger car.

 

Ex-Wabash #1803 (Coopersville & Marne #7010)

 

This car is our car #7010 and is typically operated as "Car 4".  Built in May of 1927 (according to a date we found on the frame during restoration), this car has had some major restoration work done on it to make it our first class dining car.  You can see more about the interior restoration project here.  We also did some major exterior mechanical work on this car during the 2013-2014 season to try to give this car the smoothest and safest ride possible, including work on the wheels, brakes, and suspension (although we don't yet have pictures of this project uploaded).

 

GTW (ex-AT&SF) Caboose #? (Coopersville & Marne #75009)

Photo by George Korienek

We all just call this caboose "the red caboose".  It's our only currently-operational caboose.  We use this caboose for our theme train crews as well as renting it out for birthday parties and such.  This caboose had a major interior and exterior cosmetic restoration during the 2010-2012 seasons.  The mechanicals on this caboose are already very good, and it has been a very useful and reliable piece of equipment for us.

 

Box Car CSX #130159

This boxcar is used for storage of equipment like chairs which we use once in a while.  It doesn't get much use, but when it does, it's very helpful for us to be able to move lots of small equipment around with ease.

 

C&O 250-Ton Brownhoist #101003

 

This is a very strong and very slow crane.  We rarely use this crane, but it's useful to have around for when we need to pick up really heavy things.  You can watch a video by a local makers' group on how this crane works here.

 

C&O Idler Flat #940066

Pretty well always paired up with the big black crane.

 

25 Ton Cable Crane

This is the crane we use when we want to move heavy things like rails or parts of the John Engler steam locomotive.  It's fast and kind of jerky, so use of this crane requires a lot of safety gear, training, and planning.

 

Current Restoration Projects

U.S. Army 20-Ton Whitcomb

This almost-operational locomotive is currently under evaluation to see if we can cost-effectively restore it to operating condition by replacing its engine.  It hasn't operated in years, but the volunteers who have operated it say that this little locomotive is surprisingly powerful for its size and that it was fun and easy to operate.

 

Pennsylvania RR Sleeper #493827

This car is currently owned by the West Michigan Society for Industrial Heritage which is currently restoring it for use as a handicap-accessible car.  This photo is very old - this car currently looks amazing and is almost complete.  We hope to have it on our train within the next couple years as things like the electrical wiring are finished on the inside of the car.  You can keep up on their progress on the page they have for this car here.

 

Flat Car Western Maryland #2673

This car currently works but is in the planning stages of having its brake system upgraded to an ABD/W system like we have on the red caboose.  We're also looking at putting new decking on top.  Stay tuned!

 

Flat Car Wabash #?

This car currently works but is in the planning stages of having its brake system upgraded to an ABD/W system like we have on the red caboose.  We're also looking at putting new decking on top.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Hopper 2-Bay Erie #31804

This car does not currently have an operational brake system.  We're looking at fixing that and at the same time upgrading this car to an ABD/W brake system to match our red caboose.  This car was, in years past, used to spread ballast on our tracks.  The top of the car was removed years ago to make dumping ballast into it easier.

 

 

MoW Equipment 

Tie Inserter

This tie inserter is not currently operational.  We have another unit which is smaller than this one which operates similarly which we do use.

 

Tool Car

We regularly use this car for maintenance of way.

 

Ballast Tamper

We've tried fixing this thing multiple times.  It's a very fragile piece of equipment that tends to like to blow hydraulic hoses, and it doesn't quite fit our track.  As such, although this machine mostly works, it's been relegated to display status.

 

Motor Car

This little motorcar works great for ferrying maintenance of way folks back and forth to get to track projects.  It's still regularly used and kept in excellent running condition.

 

Larry Car

This car sometimes gets used nowadays for hauling things, but it's not used nearly as much as the larry car that's paired with the tie crane below.

 

Tie Crane w/ Larry Car

We use this crane all the time for lifting anything under about 400 lbs.  It works great for lifting ties, small equipment like the tie inserter (the one we don't have pictures of), journal boxes, and all kinds of other small equipment.  It can turn in either direction and has a motor which can push it along the track just like the motor car.  It is, however, very jerky to operate.

 

Display Equipment

Canadian National #1395

 

CN #1395 is a 4-6-0 steam locomotive built in 1912.  It's actually a decent candidate for operational restoration - the boiler is very good, and most of the parts are intact (in storage off-site).  You can see a video of its sister locomotive #1392 on YouTube.  Or you can read more on the Alberta Railway Museum's technical page on the 1392.

 

C&O #5208 NW-2

#5208 is a non-operational NW2 locomotive which is mostly used as a parts engine for #7014.  You can read more about EMD NW2 locomotives on Wikipedia.

 

Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Alco

This locomotive, built by the American Locomotive Company, was used in the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay.  It is a very nice locomotive internally but it's on idler trucks and does not currently run.

 

John Engler/Augusta Railroad #300

(No picture right now!)

This locomotive used to sit near downtown right along 131.  It's painted red, black, and green.  You can see a picture of it from when it was downtown here.  This locomotive will probably remain a display locomotive for the foreseeable future.  It's missing a lot of parts, and the parts that are there are worn out to the point where a lot of the locomotive would need to be built new to restore it.

 

Canadian National #5108

This car is owned by one of our members and is currently out of service.  This car is parked by our engine house and needs some work.

 

Ex-? #703

This car is owned by one of our members and is currently out of service.  This car is parked down by our tower and is in very rough shape.

 

C&O Caboose #903583

This caboose is owned by one of our members and is currently out of service.  It is, however, in very good shape both internally and mechanically.

 

Southern Pacific Caboose #910804

This caboose is permanently out of service due to a bent frame and is used as an office for the mechanical department.

 

Ex-PM? Caboose #?

This caboose is owned by one of our members and is in very rough shape.  Restoration of this caboose would require almost complete replacement of everything above the frame due to the amount of degredation of the wood over the years.

 

NW #55708

This caboose is currently out of service.

 

Box Car Conrail #279341

Spare parts storage.  This is where we keep spare lumber, brake valves, etc.  It pretty much just sits where it is.

 

 

Former Equipment

Canadian National #4966

We used to operate this car, but it has since left our railroad and is in service on the Heber Valley Railroad.

 

C&O Baggage Car

Sadly, this car has been scrapped.  It was one of the last few remaining horse cars.  However, it had deteriorated to the point where it was no longer a viable restoration candidate, and the horse hair insulation combined with the asbestos were making this both a fire and environmental hazard, so we had it abated, saved a bunch of the parts for use on other cars, and scrapped the remainder in 2014 to help fund restoration of other more viable cars.

 

Hocking Valley 1928 - C&O #90630

You may recognize this caboose as the one that sat next to the John Engler locomotive next to 131 near downtown Grand Rapids.  This caboose is structurally fine for a display piece and cosmetically in good shape but is not a good operational candidate for us.

 

Photos © 2016 B. Anderson & B.D.Quinn