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First photograph of a LIRR push-pull train in revenue service.  
Syosset platform 1:17AM 05/25/71 Photo/Archive: Rich Glueck

The Long  Island Rail Road 
F Units HEP Engine Roster Info
HEP: "Head End Power" or "Heat & Electrical Power"

During their first year of use as a power car, they were generally placed at the east end of the train. The practice was reversed as they were more easily fueled and serviced on the "west" end at Richmond Hill and Long Island City . They also found traction motor suspension bearings were overheating and failing on the Alco L-1's and L-2's due to a long "uphill" push heading east. Reversing ends helped the problem.

ALCO FA power pack gauges 5/79 "Engineer for a Day" Photo: Randall Loring
ALCO FA unit with 24RL air brake equipment. The ABV handle is in "release", the Independent is "half-applied", the Timing air is "intact" (far right gauge), Speedo ASC (automatic speed control) green illuminated light is lit up at MAS (maximum authorized speed of 68 mph) and the throttle is in the idle position "closed". This must be a station stop as the train is stopped, Speedo reads "zero", BP and ER read 110 , BC reads about 18 psi.
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Extra 2200 South 06/05 Research/article, roster, and photos: Bob Losse, Sr.

The Alco FA-1's were rated at 1500 or 1600 HP, depending on when they were built.  For use as Head End Power, the LIRR removed the traction motors and reduced the horse power (de-tuned the engines) because they didn't need that much HP to run the generator for lighting, heating or cooling the passenger cars. These are the "untouched" engines in your email excerpt. 

In 1978, the LIRR purchased engine-generator sets from Detroit Diesel. They consisted of a small diesel engine, a generator and a control panel all mounted on a single steel frame.  The original Alco engine and generator was removed from the FA body and the Detroit Diesel "sled" dropped in.  The sleds were fuel efficient and quiet running.  Info: Steve Rothaug

Detroit Diesel powerpack.jpg (48498 bytes)Detroit Diesel sled being prepared for installation in the first F7 converted for HEP use. Morris Park. Photo: Steve Rothaug
The FA's that were converted over had Detroit Sleds installed in 1983. 




Units that had the first HEP modification, but untouched were:

609 (scrapped in 1993)
612 (destroyed, and scrapped in 1993 due to a fire)

Units that had HEP modification were: Also, those 2 FA's were the first ones to have the quieter HEP's:  615, 617

The quieter sleds were in fact placed in 1987. 605, and 606 were totally rebuilt to the point that where the original engine room doors, and steps were, were taken out, and relocated. c.1983-84, or so, such FA's as 605, 606 had the quieter engine.

In the late 80's early 90's however, 615, and 617 had quieter engines installed, or maybe mufflers because besides that, there was extra grilling placed in front of the existing grille that was left for exhaust when the HEP's were converted.  605 and 606 had the original grilles around the headlight and original headlights removed, and plated over using the vertical headlight in its place. Research: Neil Feldman

LIRR  FA2 #600-609 Builder: ALCO-GE PC-6 ClassBuilt 1956* Notes: 1,2,6

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#600 Info/Photo: Tim Darnell  06/1979 Built 10/51 ex-PC 3102

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#600 c.1984 Glendale 
Photo: Roger McEnery
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#600 Kings Park 08/78 
Archive: McEnery
#600-WESTERN N.Y. HIST SOC., to become NYC-1102
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#601 Experimental paint scheme Morris Park Shops 5/18/1971  Photo: George Turnbul 
Archive: R. Craig Rutherford
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#601 LI City Built 06/56 ex-L&N 317
Photo: Steve Hoskins

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#601 eastbound  Haberman, LI City 06/09/1978 
Wm. J. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive
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#601 westbound Jamaica-Station 9/03/72
Photo/Archive: R. Craig Rutherford

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#601 at SRR of NJ 03/25/1995 Photo: Glenn Rowe
Archive: McEnery

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#601 at Bridgeton, NJ 6-06. 
Work will begin on it when 602 is operational. Info/Photo: Tim Darnell
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#602 Speonk 05/16/1979
Paul F. DeLuca photo, Dave Keller archive
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#602 Patchogue 
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Built 05/56 ex-L&N 309
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#602 Hicksville c.1980
Photo: Len Torney
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#602 at Bridgeton, NJ 6-06. 
It just recently got trucks from an Erie Mining
 RS-11 with traction motors. Info/Photo: Tim Darnell
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#603 Ronkonkoma 
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Built 06/56 ex-L&N 315
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#603 Bay Shore 08-01-81

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#603 05/08/2001
Photo: Roger McEnery

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#603 at Winslow Jct., NJ. Work is being done a little at a time, it may not be restored for quite some time. The NYC paint was applied for a Railfan event a few years back.  Info/Photo: Tim Darnell
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#604 1974 Oyster Bay
Photo: Tim Darnell 
Built 06/56 ex-L&N 314
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#604, #618 Morris Park 11-85 retired 
Photo/Info: Tim Darnell
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#604 at Woodside Station 1985 Photo: Bill Myers
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#604 at the Illinois Railway Museum,  06/04/08 
Photo: John McCluskey
LIRR  FA2 #605-610 Builder: ALCO-GE  PC-7 Class 1951* Notes: 3,6,7
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#605, #603 11/1979 Oyster Bay
Photo: Tim Darnell
Built 05/56 ex-L&N 310
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#161, #605 Montauk HEP Power Receptacle Photo: Jack Deasy 
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#605 Greenport  c. 1994
Photo: Al Castelli  
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#606 Ronkonkoma 10/29/78 Photo: Joe Quinn
Archive: McEnery
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#606  Bay Shore 
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Arrived 06/56 ex-L&N 321
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#606 Smithtown 
Photo: Len Torney
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#606 Huntington Wreck 08/26/88
Photo: Al Castelli 08/28/88

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#606  08/88 Wrecked  Photo: Bobby J. Kasza  Scrapped
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#607 Photo: McEnery
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#607 Huntington
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Arrived 01/51 ex-WM 303

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#607 at Queens Blvd 04/13/84 Photo: McEnery

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#607 Oyster Bay 01/19/92
Photo: Kevin Gulau
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#607-WRK, To private owner as WM-303 Photo: Lars Byrne, Elkins, West Virginia August 2001
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#608 WM horn Mineola 05-76 Photo: Tim Darnell
Built 01/51 ex-WM 304
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#608 coupled to the west end of train at LI City passenger station. It sports a unique, experimental color scheme.  6/1979 view NE Photo/Info: Dave Keller



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#608 at Sayville Renumbered  to  #3100 Photo: John Fusto 03-88
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Renumbered #3100, 1991 provided HEP to the C-1 bilevels before the FL9AC's arrived on property.
Photo: Bobby J. Kasza 

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#3100 Port Jefferson 
Photo: M.G. Lovis 12/06/92
Archive:  McEnery

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#609 Patchogue 09/18/77
Built 01/51 ex-WM 301
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#609 Morris Park
Photo: Steve Hoskins
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 #609-SCRAPPED 10/1998
Photo: Bobby J. Kasza
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#610 LI City
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Built 01/51 ex-WM 302
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#610 Smithtown Viaduct NW
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#610-TO WM HIST SOC., 
To become WM-302, stored 
at Colonie, NY 06/10/2006
Info: Tim Darnell
Photo: Ross Mealey 
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WM #302 to  West Virginia Central.  0 7/12/08  Buckhannon, WV Collection:  Pat Miller 
Locomotives: BDLX 302 (FA-2) [BDLX (Big Dog Leasing) who is a division of PA based scraper/rebuilder RMDI.]
LIRR  FA1 #611-616 Builder: ALCO-GE  PC-7 Class 1949 Notes: 4,6
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#611 Mineola  1974
Photo: Tim Darnell
Built 02/49 ex-BN 4102
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  #611 and train #4203 westbound at Medford 0 7/22/78 Wm. J. Madden photo, Dave Keller archive
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#611 Oyster Bay Branch vicinity of East Williston
Photo:  Charles Freericks
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#611 at Bridgeton, NJ. Taken in 2005, it looks basically the same. The gen-set was removed and the floor is being modified to accommodate an Alco 251 engine. Work will begin when 601 and 602 are operational. Info/Photo: Tim Darnell
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#612 LI City
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Built 02/49 ex-BN 4100
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Photo: R. McEnery


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#613 1974 Oyster Bay
Photo: Tim Darnell 
Built 12/50 ex-BN 4120
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#613 St. James c.1980
Photo: Len Torney

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#613 Oyster Bay 04/05/92 
Photo: Kevin Gulau

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#613  Port Jefferson 11/13/1994
Archive:  McEnery

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#613 Morris Park
Photo: Bobby J. Kasza 

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#613 Shinnecock Canal
Photo: William Skeats


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SP&S 866 (ex-lirr  #613) to Pacific Chapter NRHS at the Brooklyn Roundhouse, Portland, OR. To be restored as a display engine in SP&S colors. Photo: Nicholas Todd   Info: Tim Darnell  
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#614  1974 Kings Park
Photo: Tim Darnell 
Built 02/49 ex-BN 4104

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#614 West Glen Head 04/24/73
Photo:  Norman Kohl
Archive:  McEnery
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#614 Republic Airport Station 09/85  Photo: Joe Tischner
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#614 Photo: Frankie
Retired Oct. 31, 1999


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#614 at Bridgeton, NJ 6-06. After 611 is completed, 614 will be re-engined.
Info/Photo: Tim Darnell

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#614-611 roof/rear shot 04/24/04 Photo: Tim Darnell

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#615 Morris Park 
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Built 04/49 ex-BN 4116

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#615 Photo: Bobby J. Kasza

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This may be the GE Apparatus Shop, N. Bergen, NJ after rebuild. 
Photo: Henry Maywald, Archive: Al Castelli
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SEPTA #615, making a rare daylight run at Yardley, PA SEPTA station.  Used for leaf trains. Also #622  Info/Photo: Tim Darnell
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SEPTA #615 Has sandite tanks installed to combat slippery rail/leaf trains. In service for four or five years.  Location at Fox Chase. I believe they keep #615 at Wayne Electric shops on the Reading side and #622 at Frazer shop on the western Main Line for the Pennsy side of SEPTA regional rail. Give SEPTA credit where its due for putting these units to good further use!  Info: MACTRAXX
Photo: John Regan, posted by Bob Andersen 
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#616 Oyster Bay 06-76
Photo: Tim Darnell
Built 02/49 ex-BN 4108
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#616 at Southampton 07-1980
Photos: Jack Deasy
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#616 at Southampton 07-1980
Photos: Jack Deasy
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#616 Valley Jct.  Quebec 08/83 Photo: John Scala
Archive: McEnery

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NYGL #7375 Campbell Hall, NY 07/08/2008 Photo: Michael Foley

LIRR  FA1 #617-618 Builder: ALCO-GE  PC-6 Class 1947 Notes: 5,6
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#617 at Greenport 05/07/1978
Photo: Mike Kubiak
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#617 Huntington
Photo: William Skeats
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#617 at Patchogue c. late 1980's
Photo: Steve Hoskins

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#617 LI City
Photo: Steve Hoskins
Arrived 10/47 ex-PC 1333

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#617 Danbury Museum, CT. 05-07-2000  
Photo: Jeff Lubchanshy

Photo: Steven 
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#618 1974 Oyster Bay
Photo: Tim Darnell
Built 05/47 ex-PC 1330
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#618 Montauk 07/05/82 
Photo: Kevin Gulau
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#618  CT  Valley Museum RR Essex, CT  new  NH #1401 paint scheme. I understand it is going in for rebuilding soon, and will be painted another NH scheme!

Info/Photo: Tim Darnell  1987
LIRR F-9A, F-7As #619-623 Builder: EMD  PC-7 Class 1950+  
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#619 St. James c.1980
Photo: Len Torney

Built 01/54 ex-MILW 126A:2
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#619 Mineola 01/27/1984 Archive/Photo: Kevin Gulau

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#619 F-9A Morris Park
10/28/89 Photo: Al Castelli
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#619 Valley Stream 03-80
Archive:  McEnery

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#619 F-9AWest Hempstead
Photo: Steve Hoskins
A diesel in electrified territory and at a station where diesel trains NEVER ran, itís a good chance this was a railfan extra . Info: Dave Keller

SEMINOLE GULF RR (FL) EXCURSION TRAINS #501 09/2003 Info: Tim Darnell

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#620 F-7A Oyster Bay 08/01/82 
Photo: Al Castelli 

Built 12/50 ex-MILW 85A:2

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#620 F-7A Oyster Bay 10/06/1985 Photo: Al Castelli

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#620 F-7A  Photo: McEnery

Williamette & Pacific, Albany, OR  then scrapped 2005. Info: Tim Darnell

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#621 Mill Neck 05/1988
Photo: Kevin Gulau
F-7A Built 08/52 ex-B&O 4599

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#621 Port Jefferson 1992
Photo: Joe Saullo
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#621 Oyster Bay 08/1982  Recently outshoped.
Photo/Info: Tim Darnell 
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#622  F-7A Oyster Bay 1984 
Built 11/50 ex-B&O #4524 
Photo: Tim Darnell


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#622 LIST Fantrip in CT. 1996 Photo: Joe Saullo
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#622  Port Jefferson 02/07/1993
Photo: M. Louis
Archive: Leah Mcenery

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B&O #4535 (parts), B&O #4524  (LIRR #622)  Morris Park 03/1981
Photo: Tim  Darnell

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To SEPTA #622, At Hydro Power in Bridgeton, NJ for salvage of the HEP unit in 2000. Moved to SEPTA in April 2001 for gel train service. Usually stored in Frazer, PA. Info: Al Castelli

Photo: Tim Darnell at SEPTA Yard, Yardley, PA 03/07 on gel run

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ex-B&O #4535 c.1982 F-7A at Marshalltown, Iowa prior to 
move to LIRR as #623
Photo: Jim Sands 1982
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#623  F-7A Arrived 03/83 ex-B&O 4535 Was to be converted in 1983 but never rebuilt by LIRR.
Shell reportedly scrapped by LIRR, never put into service.
 Info: Al Castelli

Photo: 03/1983 Tim Darnell at Richmond Hill, note M-1 trucks

(1) 600 originally New York Central 1102 built in 1951, then Penn Central 1302, then LIRR 600 03/5/74.
(2) 601-606 were originally Louisville & Nashville 317, 309, 315, 314, 310, 321; then LIRR 601-606 (5/6/71, 6/30/71, 8/4/71, 9/7/71)
(3) 607-610 were originally Western Maryland 303-304, 301-302; then LIRR 607-610 (5/2/72, 6/19/72, 9/23/72, 10/20/72).
(4) 611-614 were originally Spokane, Portland & Seattle 856A-2, 856A-1,866A-1, 858A-l; then SP&S 857, 856, 866, 858; then Burlington Northern 4102, 4100, 4120, 4104; then LIRR 611-614 (8/7/72, 11/27/72, 2/14/73, 3/7/73). 615 was originally Great Northern 442A, then SP&S 864A-1 (4/49), then SP&S 864, then BN 4116, then LIRR 615 (4/18/73). 616 was originally SP&S 860A-1, then SP&S 860, then BN 4108, then LIRR 616 (7/28/73), then LIRR 616 being sold to NY&GL 7375 (07/2008).
(5) 617-618 were originally New York, New Haven & Hartford 0428, 0401; then PCT 1333, 1330; then LIRR 617-618 
(4/27/74 - 6/16/74).
(6) LIRR bought a bunch of them, removed the traction motors and set up the engines so they would generate HEP for converted former MU cars to be used in push-pull service. Motive power to make the trains move was usually GP38-2 or MP15AC, though in the early days they still had some C-420's around. In later years, some of the LIRR FA's were rebuilt and the original Alco 244 engines/generators were removed. They were replaced by a "sled" -- a removable engine/generator set -- with a smaller truck-type Detroit Diesel to drive the generator.
(7) 605 at Montauk: In the yards and still visible in Speonk and Montauk along with a few other diesel yards, they  had stationary "hotel" power connections where they used to plug in the cars. The standby power receptacles, with a fresh coat of yellow paint, are visible in this photos at Montauk. They were used to plug in the old Parlors in Montauk. Not the "Sunrise Fleet" ones, the earlier heavyweights and their successors. People would spend the night in those cars from what I remember so stand-by power was necessary. In the Storage Yard, they did have 600VDC to plug in consists when needed. It wasn't so much to save on fuel or noise, but to not have to have the inconvenience of having a P-engine of Power Pack to supply power. Info: Jack Deasy


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FA cab at the Vancouver, Washington diesel shop
Photo: James L. Abney
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FA cab at the Vancouver, Washington diesel shop
Photo: James L. Abney

Here's a picture of the SP&S 857, BN 4102, LIRR 611 taken after it was fished out of the Deschutes River after it went swimming following hitting a rock just south of Maupin, Oregon on the Oregon Trunk Railway.  Many years later in September 1971 it had the honor of pulling the LNER 4472 (Flying Scotsman) across part of Montana after the steamer experienced firing problems due to poor coal quality.  I rode the 4472 between Pasco and Wishram, Washington and then chased it on the Oregon Trunk to Bend, Oregon. Photo/Research: James L. Abney