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Remarks & Notes
The D&H gave me a nice Feb. 14th surprise in 1998: two classy Lightning Stripe locomotives and a Napierville Junction caboose sitting in perfect light in Saratoga Springs. In the 1990s, the D&H brought two engines from Fort Edward to Saratoga for fueling on weekend days. After fueling, the units went back north to handle the weekday Ft. Edward-based locals to Glens Falls and Ticonderoga. The A Valentine's Day Treat. NJ caboose was a regular on the old SC-4 local between Saratoga and Corinth. SC-4 was the last vestige of freight operations on the old Adirondack Branch. Though the scene has changed over the years, the new Saratoga & North Creek Railway is once again operating lightning-striped locomotives through the Adirondacks. But D&H scenes like this one are increasingly rare. The Fort Edward locals now operate with one engine, rather than two. Friendly visits to yards such as Saratoga are no longer tolerated, making this spot off-limits to photographers. It is worth noting that this version of No. 7312's paint job was applied during a rebuild by M-K in Mountain Top, Pa., before the CP takeover. Canadian Pacific has since rebuilt and repainted the unit in D&H lightning stripes; CP maintains it as a heritage unit. Sister No. 7303, to the rear of No. 7312, had already been repainted into a D&H scheme by CP in Calgary several years prior to this photo. Thus, in 2011, the three lightning-striped units remaining on the D&H — Nos. 7303, 7304, and 7312 — were painted that way by CP, all in Calgary. It's ironic to realize that the iconic D&H locomotives all received their paint north of the border in the Canadian West. Scanned from a Kodachrome 64 color slide. Copyright ©1998 Aaron Keller. All rights reserved by the photographer.
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