Finger Lakes Railway All Time Locomotive Roster
Roster status above is current as of January 2014.
on thumbs for full-size pics)
16 of their B23-7 units.
(2310 also received
FB2 trucks at some point, but uncertain when.
Two units were acquired for parts in 2011:
FGLK Rolling Stock Roster:
Some of the rolling stock heritage data below comes from Joe Shaw's detailed FGLK rolling stock pages.
thanks Joe! Other data is from my own research, my photos over the years, and from FGLK.
FGLK currently owns three cabooses, two ex-Penn Central transfer cabooses,
and one former B&O bay window caboose.
Finger Lakes Railway bought its first passenger cars, four ex-VIA Rail cars, for excursion service, in 1998.
In 2009 FGLK owns seven passenger cars, (6 coaches and one baggage car.)
Passenger car data sources:
Mr. Sylvanus D.
Plus my own additional research, my photos, and Finger Lakes Railway.
thanks everyone! :)
FGLK owns 24 boxcars of Milwaukee Road heritage, built in 1972.
FGLK 24000 - 24023.
see Joe's page here for more detail on these cars.
And possibly as many as 256 boxcars in the 26000 series,
although it is not known if every number slot in that series actually contains a car..
Units leased by FGLK:
the early days of the FGLK, 1995-1996,
several units were leased for a time to get things up and running:
EMD GP9 #879 was leased for a time from 19?? to
EMD GP9 #207 was leased beginning in 19??
1355, an ex-NS high-hood GP40, was leased briefly in 2001.
EMD SW-9 #708 - Originally leased by Ontario Central in 1996
and based in
Click here for more photos of #708.
2013 - Two SD45's leased by FGLK! See the timeline, below, for
details on these two units. (May 2013 on the timeline below)
A history of the Finger Lakes Railway..
first railroad that makes up part of today's FGLK system wound its way
well over a Century, from the 1850's
to the 1960's,
most of the "Auburn Road" makes up the East-West mainline of the
next railroad that is today part of the FGLK arrived in 1851,
PRR Elmira branch was used to haul coal from the PA coal fields to Lake
a remnant of the PRR Elmira branch is operated by FGLK between
the third major Class-1 railroad making up today's FGLK system was the
NYC and PRR merged in 1968
to form Penn Central, and PC in turn became
operated the former NYC and PRR lines around Geneva from
Conrail sold its "Geneva Cluster" to the newly formed Finger Lakes
Lakes Railway operates its first train on July 23, 1995.
July - FGLK starts up with three GP9
1701, 1702 and 1703,
routes, a remnant of the
of former LVRR mainline
FGLK is jointly owned by Farmrail System,Inc.
- A fourth GP9 joins the roster, number 1751, which had previously been
-FGLK purchases four ex-VIA Rail passenger coaches for a planned
199? - The 5th unit arrives, GP10 1801, the "Mountain Laurel" unit.
June - Conrail ends its sucessful 23 year
reign, when it is sold and split-up
NS takes over, from Conrail, the former Erie "Southern Tier Main"
CSX takes over the original New York Central mainline from
June - the "all-EMD, all-GP" streak is
by the arrival of three GE B23-7
- A Fourth GE arrives, U23B 2211. (later 2201)
2001 - October - FGLK begins passenger excursions,
using four ex-VIA Rail coaches
2001 - FGLK purchases its first two cabooses, 201
and 202, both are former PC transfer cabooses
- Two more B23-7 units arrive, FGLK 2304 and 2305.
- October -two new coaches arrive! the coaches formerly used on the
Niagara & Western NY
- FGLK purchases its 7th passenger car, a full baggage car, with plans to
- The other
two (of four) ex-VIA Rail coaches, "Canandaigua" and "Cayuga" , purchased in 1998,
- The first unit leaves the FGLK roster. 1801, which spent its
2006 - FGLK purchases it third caboose, the former G&W 1003, which becomes FGLK 203.
- FGLK takes over the Ontario Central from previous owner Livonia, Avon
- March - GP9 1702 returns to previous owner, Farmrail, after 13 years
- Yet more B23-7's arrive, FGLK 2306 and 2307 arrive on the
As of July 2008, 10 units are operating, and one (2304) is OOS in
2009 - April or May, about two weeks later, FGLK
1703 joins her sister 2305 in Fort Edward.
2009 - May 9th, FGLK 2308, FGLK's 14th unit
2009 - June, FGLK 2304, which
has been OOS in Geneva for two years, returns to service!
2010 - March - news first hits
internet that a new FGLK locomotive is on the way!
2010 - April - It is confirmed
as TWO new units! FGLK 2309 and 2310. Two B23-7's, originally
Final Finger Lakes Railway Passenger Excursions?
2010 - November 6, FGLK annouces it will operate its last passenger excursion December 19, 2010.
the news is published in local newspapers:
Railway to give up excursions.
By David L. Shaw / Finger Lakes Times
Sunday, November 14, 2010 12:09 AM CST
GENEVA ” Finger Lakes Railway will sponsor its last passenger train excursion Dec. 19.
The company will not resume booking passenger excursions in May, as usual, but is looking for another party to manage and operate the passenger services.
“We are going to keep the passenger coaches, locomotives and infrastructure for the passenger service,” said Deb Najarro, director of passenger service for the railway. “We’ve put a lot into them and it’s not a good market to sell such assets. “We want someone to come in and manage the passenger services so we can concentrate on our main focus, which is freight.” There was an excursion yesterday to the Granger Homestead in Canandaigua. The next excursion is planned for Nov. 21 to Cayuga. Najarro said there is at least one interested party and she’s hopeful an arrangement can be made so the new party can resume excursions next spring without interruption.
FGLK would operate a total of 32 passenger excursions, on 11 days,
in November & December of 2010:
Victor Rock-n-Roll Wine & Beer Tasting Train Excursion
Date:Saturday, November 6, 2010
Boarding Location(s):Village of Victor
Fare: Adult (14+):$40
Fare: Senior (62+ or retired):$38
Board the train in Victor and have some fun!
The train will head east for 90 minutes then return 90 minutes to Victor.
Trip includes Finger Lakes beer and wine tasting (5 each) and hors d'oeuvres onboard. (Pizzas, finger foods, veggies, wraps, etc.) Trip also includes live rock and roll music. (TMP band)
3 hour ride.
Child Policy: No children under 21
Christkindl Market Ride in Ontario County
Saturday, November 13 from 10am to 5pm
Enjoy a day long trip from Geneva to Canandaigua. Travel by rail in the morning from Geneva Station, just off Exchange / Rt.14 at The Shops at the Station historic depot.
Arrive in Canandaigua at noon for a 3-hour layover. During the layover, you have the option to visit Granger Homestead or walk-about downtown. Return Departure time is 3pm.
Granger Homestead is hosting their seasonal Canandaigua Christkindl Market and Christmas Tree display. Market is full of juried crafts and trees are decorated. Downtown is full of shops, eateries, and boutiques for visiting strollers. It is a One-mile walk to lakefront. Train will depart Canandaigua at 3pm and arrive in Geneva at 5pm. Snacks, drinks and some souvenirs available onboard. We are NOT wheelchair accessible. Passengers must climb 5-7 stairs to enter the train. Walking is necessary, however a wheelchair can be folded and brought along for use in Canandaigua. Please call with special concerns.
Cayuga Harvest Train SURPRISE
Sunday, November 21 at 12pm and 2:30pm
SURPRISE - Santa will visit the Village of Cayuga a little early for a Harvest Surprise train ride. We will ring in the holidays early with hot cocoa, carols, and goodies for the whole family during a 75 minute train ride across Cayuga Lake and back. Of special note for this trip: Parking is limited in the Village of Cayuga. We are asking people to park along the streets above the historic train depot, which is now the Village Hall. The Depot is located at Harris Park on Cayuga Lake. Walking is necessary. We are NOT wheelchair accessible. Passengers must climb 5-7 steps to enter the train. However, there are 5 handicap spaces at the bottom of the hill for parking near the depot. Thank you for your patience in advance when attending this ride.
SELECT Saturdays & Sundays, November 27 - Dec 19
The Finger Lakes Railway Santa Trains have become a family tradition. Each 75-min trip offers a visit with Santa onboard and carol singing. Starting with the Santa rides in Shortsville and ending with Auburn Santa Extravaganza, we will be visiting a community near you.
Shortsville - Sat. Nov 27 - 5 Trips
Victor - Sun. Nov 28 - 4 Trips
Geneva - Sat. Dec 4 - 5 Trips
Seneca Falls - Sat. Dec 11 - 3 Trips
Watkins Glen - Sun. Dec 12 - 2 trips
Camillus - Fri. Dec 17 - 2 Trips - PM
Camillus - Sat. Dec 18 - 4 Trips
Auburn - Sun. Dec 19 - 3 Trips
For a complete listing of all Santa Trains, visit our Excursions page online and scroll through the dates and locations. Any Santa Ride can become a "Pajama Express" at your own discretion. Just wear your Jammies! We will have hot cocoa, concessions, and some souvenirs available to purchase onboard. Each trip is listed online with the BOARDING LOCATION first and in date order. Refer to list above as you begin planning for your visit. We appreciate that it takes time to coordinate family and friends for a ride together. We suggest buying tickets together for families and boarding early and together to ensure family seating together. All tickets are for General Seating. Lapsitters 2 and under are FREE.
2010 - December 19 - Finger Lakes Railway operates its last passenger excursion.
(update! not the last afterall! there are Autumn 2011 excursions, see below)
Auburn Santa Extravaganza - sponsored by CNY Model Railroad Club - (3 TRIPS)--SOLD OUT-
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Fare: Adult (14+):$12
Fare: Child (3-13):$12
Enjoy a train ride with Santa and sing carols with everyone. Hot cocoa and snacks available. Some souvenirs too. Santa is sure to see each child that wants to.
Boarding location is linked in red above. Location is on Rt 5 heading east to Elbridge / Syracuse. Just outside Auburn city limits, across from Grant Ave Plaza with theatre and tractor supply store. There is an old gas station with Angel's Auto office. Park along tracks and where marked. Tickets Redeemed onboard. Please have confirmation from your purchase below.
There are 3 trips to choose from.
BUY TICKETS NOW. TRIP #1 - 10:30 am --SOLD OUT--
BUY TICKETS NOW. TRIP #2 - 12:30 pm --SOLD OUT--
BUY TICKETS NOW. TRIP #3 - 2:30 pm -- SOLD OUT--
Child Policy: Lapsitters - 2 and under FREE
As of December 2010, there are no future plans for excursions, none are scheduled for 2011, and there are no known "operators" lined up for future excursions. but for now, FGLK is keeping their passenger car fleet, in the hopes that excursions might yet operate in the future.
January - 2310 remains in her ATSF colors, and remains
OOS in Geneva.
May 13 - news first
internet that FGLK may be considering trading in their
Autumn - Turns out 2010 was *not* the last excursion season afterall!
Finger Lakes Railway
Will the 2011 excursion season end up being the last? lets hope not!
2011 - October - FGLK's 17th (all time) unit arrives in Geneva, the Eleventh B23-7 on the roster!
The unit is the former NYSW 2300.
FGLK 2300 (unit will likely be renumbured)
ex NYSW 2300 - P&W 2214 - CSX 3126 - SBD 5127 - Nee L&N 5127
This unit will most likely become FGLK 2311. The all-time roster increases from 16 to 17 units,
and the current roster increases from 14 to 15 units.
2011 - December - The speculation above, from May, about GP9 number 1751 perhaps being traded
for more GE's, is true! FGLK 1751, the high-hood GP9, was sold to the Conway Scenic railroad
of New Hampshire in 2011. 1751 left Geneva for the last time in early December, 2011.
As the 1751 goes to Conway Scenic, two GE's are coming from Conway Scenic to FGLK.
FGLK's 18th and 19th (all time) units.
Conway Scenic U23B 2820 and B23-7 1943 are on the way. The two GE's have not arrived in
Geneva as of the end of 2011.
The exact status and future plans for the three new GE's is uncertain at this time, the former:
Two of the three are rumoured to be OOS and not in operating condition..perhaps FGLK has
aquired some GE parts units to keep the rest of the fleet going? perhaps..
we will have to wait for 2012 to find out.
2012 - January 6 - FGLK's 18th and 19th units arrive in Geneva! dead in tow. These are the two former
Conway Scenic Units.
FGLK 1943 (unit will likely be renumbured)
Serial - 42056
ex CSRX 1943 - CSRX 23 - QBT 23 - nee Conrail 1943
FGLK 2820 (unit will likely be renumbured)
Serial - 40130
ex CSRX 2820 - CSRX 21 - QBT 21 - R&N 2390 - CSX 3320 - SBD 3320 - nee L&N 2820
~ found some references that 2820 might have been rebuilt at some point to B23-7 specifications,
and so might be considered a dash-7 mechanically, but still in its original U23B carbody..
havent confirmed this.
2012 - October - Roster update from "checkit" on railroad.net
by CHECKIT » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:26 pmAs of 10/1/12:
1701 Auburn Running AY1
1703 Geneva Running GK2
1943 Geneva Running Not yet in service
1989 Geneva OOS Engine failure
2201 Geneva Running Shop
2301 Solvay Running SH1
2303 Geneva Running GS2
2304 Geneva Running GS2
2305 Ft Edward Running G.E. Hudson River
2306 Geneva Running Shop
2307 Geneva OOS Engine possibly failed. Being evaluated
2308 Ft Edward Running G.E. Hudson River
2309 Himrod Running HG2
2310 Geneva Running GY1
2300 Geneva Bought for parts
2820 Geneva Bought for parts
708 Geneva Running, private owner, not in service
2012 - November - FGLK B23-7 1943 is in service.
2012 - December.
The leased EMD SW9, GRSX 708, is for sale.
2013 - April - Roster update from "checkit" on railroad.net
Here's a few clarifications on some of the questions lately.
GCK 154 is definitely the former Salt City Ventures #2 (Trigen, Suez etc.)
#1 is still on the property at Suez, will be GCK 153 and is sold and will move out when made safe to do so.
901 is still on the property at Suez. No plans for it yet.
The former Alco now in use will see service until coal is done in the summer. I was thinking it was re-engined with a Detroit Diesel, but that was on hearsay and it could well be a Cummins.
In Geneva, the 2310 has been in service for several months. It has lately been the GY1 switcher power as U23B 2201 undergoes some repairs.
The 1989 has been OOS for about a year now after a failed conrod bearing scored the crank. It may be repaired at some point.
2307 suffered a similar fate a few months later, and will donate parts for now. Status uncertain.
2300 and 2820 were secured for parts.
1943 is in service and working pretty well after initial repairs after receiving it from the Conway Scenic. Nicknamed "Rusty" ! In time it will receive body work and touch-up.
Finger Lakes opted to invest money into engine warming systems to save fuel, over spending on painting, but painting could take place here and there going forward.
Hope this helps answer some questions!
2013 - May - Now here is something different! :) In May 2013 two large and unusual beasts turned up on the FGLK..Two leased SD40M-2's!
The two units are currently classed as SD40M-2 units, but they began life as SD45's, and they are still in their SD45 carbodies today. So externally they look like classic SD45's. The two units are CEFX 3124 and 3126:
Built in 1968 as Southern Pacific SD45 8954.
Rebuilt by SP to SP SD45R 7516
2001 - to CEFX SD40M-2 3124, repainted into CEFX blue.
2013 - May, leased by FGLK.
Built in Feb 1969 as Southern Pacific SD45 9006.
Rebuilt by SP to SP SD45R 7480
1999 - to CEFX SD40M-2 3126, repainted into CEFX blue.
2013 - May, leased by FGLK.
2013 - May - FGLK 1701 and 2304 are leased to the Ethanol Plant
in Fulton, NY.
2013 - October - FGLK 2010 gets painted in FGLK Lightning Stripes,
losing her ATSF Warbonnet.
2013 - November - FGLK is no longer running scheduled excursion trains for the
general public, but they did run a few private excursion trains
for groups in 2013. Including Santa trains for Victor Friends
of the Railroad on November 30, 2013.
"mouse over" the map to switch between 2008 and 1908.
Direct links to
two maps above:
Click HERE to go to the Roster Notes.
Links and Data sources:
The data on this page was mostly compiled from the following sources:
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great webpages together, and thanks especially to the
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