North East, Pa. –
For the second time in less than a month, a rare locomotive arrives at Lake Shore Railway Museum. The Plymouth Model JHG train, which dates back to the 1940s, is reportedly one of only seven constructed in the world. The 18-ton locomotive sat at the edge of a field in the Buffalo area since 2006 with its companion locomotive, a 1939 General Electric diesel electric boxcab, which the museum received in late April. From here, the two locomotives will be restored.
The JHG models were built in Plymouth, Ohio, but this particular locomotive was used at the ACF Erco Nuclear Division in Buffalo for several years. Following that, the engine was sold to other businesses near Buffalo before ending at the Tonawanda Terminal of Commerce complex. Once the locomotive was retired, author and Buffalo Area Rail Fans Association President Steve Koenig selected Lake Shore Railway Historical Society and its North East-based museum as a safe location for the two locomotives.
Plans to move both locomotives from the Buffalo area to their new home in North East began in January, but were derailed by inclement weather. The Plymouth locomotive is presently on display at Lake Shore Railway Museum. The museum is open only on weekends in May, but will be open Wednesday through Sunday after Memorial Day. More information can be found at lakeshorerailway.com