If you use some imagination, it looks as though this loco's mouth is open, gasping for life while scrappers make deep wounds dismantling it one chunk at a time.
Amtrak FL9 No. 486 served as a parts source for Maine Eastern's FL9s and was finally cut up after languishing for a decade in New Jersey. The story can be found at http://blog.railroadphotographer... (more)
Standing tall and glaring down on this streamliner in its final hour, the scrapper looks like he's just slain a mighty beast as smoke rises from the wounds. The 486 was built in 1957 for the New ... (more)
The last two FL9s on the Amtrak roster spent most of their last days in protect and MOW service, ready for the call to action should they be needed.
The "tow trucks of Amtrak," as these final two FL9s were dubbed by local employees, rest near heavily damaged F40 #414. The 414 was ultimately scrapped where it stands in this photo and the FL9s ... (more)
I never got tired of shooting the cool Amtrak FL9s along the Hudson in my former hometown. There was always a new angle or season to capture them in. Before you knew it they vanished and the "... (more)
Amtrak FL9 No 486 arrives at Croton Harmon with the northbound Adirondack. The car park (parking lot) is nearly empty as this was a Sunday.
The Lake Shore Limited rolls along the Hudson River on it's final lap to New York City.
A true difference of decades - the trailing GE is nearly four decades younger than FL9 #486.
FL9 486 prepares to head to NYC with 48, and F40 356 sits beside with an Empire train. Note the stripes on 486 are about a color band too high.
Having wyed, recently rebuilt AMTK 486 is ready for return trip to Rensselaer during Conrail/Amtrak 90 mph ride dynamic qualification test