Working on the
of Montour Equipment
|Details of the MoW MTR X-1
||Montour Hi_Rail - Tim Sposato
trucks tires were in contact with the rails, thus operating as it would
on pavement. Hi rail gear was designed as a set of two rail wheel sets,
one set for the front and one set for the rear. The center of the rail
wheels tread were lined up with the centers of the rubber tire tread
and the assembly was bolted to the truck frame.
rail wheels had a rubber ‘tire’ slipped tightly over the
flanged wheel. This insulating design was so it would
interfere with railroad operating signals or grade crossing signals.
The MRR trucks were equipped with manually operated gear, many modern
applications are now hydraulic.
The following is a quick description to prepare for MRR hi railing.
After driving the truck wheels on to the rails and getting it lined up
parallel on the rail head you would then:
1. pull the safety
pin from the latch that holds the rail wheel either up or down.
push the latch lever toward the truck that allows the rail wheel to
release and drop to the rail.
the aluminum bar you would insert into the upper locking socket,
shoving the bar toward the truck until the wheels locks in position.
This will take some weight of the truck and apply it to the rail wheel.
4. Continue the above
procedure until all wheels are down & locked.
5. Reinstall the
safety pins through the latches.
Be sure the front truck wheels are straight, then lock the steering
wheel with a ‘U’ shaped device mounted on the steering column.
this same procedure to lift the wheels for highway travel, only this
time the aluminum bar is used in lower sockets and pushed downwards to
lift the rail wheel to locking position.
can be a pain at times when the gear gets out of adjustment or the rear
of the truck is to heavy, many times we would use a track jack to lift
the front or rear of the truck to get the wheels to lock in a hi
railing position. Another cause is damage from derailing, this can be
very hard on the gear, sometimes rendering inoperable.
front wheels lean toward the truck cab, the rear wheels lean toward the
cab as well, in a derailment while moving in a forward direction, the
front wheels tend bounce along. If the rear wheels are off while moving
forward they will tend to ‘flip backwards, causing gear
have seen this happen many times on the MRR.
had to jury-rig a repair using chains or come-a-longs to get us to the
nearest crossing to set off. Each rail wheel is equipped with a flat
metal bar, shaped in a way to act as a clamp to grab the rail head in
the event of derailing, this was to keep the wheels close to the rail,
sometimes it worked well, other times it bent or missed the rail head.
This would allow the truck wheels, both rail & rubber, to drop
the ends of the ties. That would really complicate rerailing
truck as well as the rail cutting into the side walls of the highway
The Montour R.R. had 2 of these Ford Hi-Railers. Tim had
one on Section #2 at Hills Station, with Bob Maga having one for
Section #1 at Champion. There were other "Extra Gangs", but they did
not have these Fords for transportation.
I remember one time Joe
Adamski & Patsy Gileot were using a red Avis rental van as
and a friend rode once with them out of salida as they searched for
parts for the switch at the West ENd of Salida. - Gene P. Schaeffer
|Steam Engine # 25 Bell
responded to an ad in the Pennysaver of all places in Oct
2010 listing for sale a steam engine bell. I was fortunate to
the first caller so I ran straight over to look at the bell. I was
surprised to find that the bell was kept outside in her back yard on
its side under a tarp ! The woman selling the bell lives in
Coraopolis. She told me first off that the bell is very rusty and that
she thought that there was no way the rust could be removed.
said her late husband bought the bell from a man who lived in
Glenwillard who had the bell displayed under a shelter in his yard for
many years until he sold it to her husband in 1975. She can
remenber the mans name but is positive he got the bell from the Montour
R R. She still has the paper ad listing the bell for sell for
$300 in 1975. I would like to see a picture of the Montour R R engine #
25 to see if this indeed is the bell from that engine. Regardless I
would like to see this bell restored to the condition that it deseves
after laying in the mud for 35 years. Best Regards,
||Montour Caboose 48, photo Michael Thompson
Update still has 'ole 77 setting quietly. Photos provided by Matt
still remains at RMDI Pittston PA on 7-1-10. This unit has
survived an earlier scrapping of many locomotives this spring at RMDI.
Location; Pittson Junction, Pennsylvania.
Date: November 20, 1983
Headlight and long hood number board intact. Bell...horn...windows...
Couplers and restricting blocks intact. Well oiled hinges on her long
She was the last SW-9 to leave Montour RR property in
P. Schaeffer Collection
New Pictures of MTR 77 Jan-2009 courtesy of Matt Provenza. I've left
them in the highest detail the way Matt sent them. Excellent photos of
|View all of the
roster pictures here
Glassport, Pennsylvania. Saturday October 21, 2006. Here's a photo from
Glassport (Pa) this snowy Wednesday morning (25-Jan-2006). Stopped at
the former "Glassport River Terminal" where a former Montour SW-7
works. Was surprised to see the river terminal...now titled MonRiver
something or another...vacant. No chains or gates to deal with, so I
drove right up to the SW-7. Looks as if it hasn't been used in quite
sometime. - Gene P. Schaeffer
Montour #70 was
scrapped in Jun-2007. You can see the process here.
is a photgraph of the #71 on the North Shop track at Morgan Run
Shops. It was down for a 92 day inspection and is
back at Sugar Creek, Ohio for brick yard switching during the evening
hours. The caboose it's coupled to is ex WM 1880,
we use in the photo freight trains. This picture was taken in 2005. (Thanks Tim Sposato for the photo
tell you how the 76 got a new paint job.
When the PL&E RR decided to finally buy and bury the Montour in
1976, they had a big meeting with the union personnel of the different
union crafts on the Montour, they said the engine was finally coming
home again and I made the suggestion why not paint it red, white and
blue for the bicentennial since its number was 76,and low and behold
Back then Bob Scofield was working in the storeroom and he created the
design and it was painted in our shop. R.J. Lane
Cab end of 76, C.
A. Ross with the engine.
SW9's #77, 76 and 78 are lined up
outside the shops of this little coal-hauler at Coraopolis, PA on
September 20, 1980. #76 is still in it's bicentennial paint scheme.
- Doug Kroll (www.rr-roadtrip.com)
As of March 13,
2008, Montour 77 was still intact at a locomotive dealer near Wilkes
Barre Pennsylvania. The Montour logos are still there. Photos by Matt
Update 2009-01 with more photos from Matt
SW9's #84 and 81 at Coraopolis, PA on
10/19/80. When the online mines shut down, operations were suspended in
1983 and the line abandoned in 1986.- Doug Kroll (www.rr-roadtrip.com)
| Here is a picture of an ex PRR
hopper that has been restenciled for the Montour a few years ago. It is
occasionally on photo freight trains. Its currently
stored on a siding in Dennison Ohio with some other vintage
equipment. The Brown hoist crane the MTR had is
also sitting derelict at Dennison Ohio. It was owned by the
Briggs & Turvis Co. The Ohio Central RR
acquired it, but it may not be feasible to repair.
Not sure what will be done with it. The MTR stenciling is
still visible, but peeling badly. (Thanks Tim Sposato for the photo and
pointed the car opposite of Western Maryland country and headed for
Mahoning County, Ohio. Today's goal, find Montour wood caboose 42. Low
and behold, in the Western Reserve Village of the Canfield, Fairgrounds
there sat Montour Wood Caboose #42. Built in 1929 by the Standard Steel
Car Company, Butler, Pennsylvania, Montour 42 stayed on Montour RR
property until 1956. In 1956 she went to the Y&S where she
stayed for a couple years before being donated to the Boy Scout
Council, in Mahoning County. I was just tickled seeing caboose 42. I
have never seen one of these particular class's of wood cabooses, until
today. Other than her steel work, this caboose is in pristine
condition. Inside and out, she is immaculate, other than her
"Y&S" reporting marks. How do you tell the caboose on display
at the Canfield, Ohio Fairgrounds is actual "Montour"?
Check the truck side frame.
Clearly...through all of the rust, "M.R.R." is still evident.
Gene P. Schaeffer
picture of Montour #25 from Bill Macek - a Trail Volunteer who lives in
the Moon area. His father has this picture of #25 under way. He said it
is a good sized picture (probably 8x10) - not a snapshot - it looks
like it could be a professional photo - but no markings on
is the loco in Gene's book with the string of brand new hoppers - Page 2 and
it is on the tail end of the train at East End Hills that is on the
cover - shown on Page 59
like they have a good head of steam - and the coal load in the tender
hasn't been used much -The gent standing in the tender looks pretty
relaxed - not shoveling coal.. And the one in the fireman's seat is
having a good ride also.
attempted to find a builders photograph of the Montour # 25 only to
find out that no builders photo of that engine was ever taken. However
the # 26 was on the same shop order and the builders photo was taken of
that engine. I was told that it was a common practice of ALCO to take a
builders photo of only one engine on an order to represent them all. On
shop order B-1412 the # 26 was the engine selected to be used in the
builders photo . Being that all engines built off the same shop order
would be identical this is as close as I could come to finding a #25
builders photo. Dave Nagel
Member Paul Wisnowski went to check out the
caboose at Volant, PA and sent a few pictures. Tht caboose sits in a
line of box cars that had been used as a series of retail shops - a
strip mall if you will - but Paul says they are all empty now. This is
caboose # 36 - one of 6 ex-Union Pacific cabooses to work on the
Montour starting in 1970.
It retains its # 36 - but I couldn't see any
hint of the Montour Logo in any of the pictures Paul sent.
The interior shows some of the benches and the
coal stove - The electrical panels and air conditioner were probably
added when it became a retail store. Also looks like a baseboard heater
on the right hand bench and linoleum flooring. And someone decided that
a caboose should be red - probably the same people that do barns. I
don't know what kind of store it housed.
If you want to see # 36 in its Montour
days - check out Gene's book - Pages 121 & 122. It is also in
action on pages 57 + 133 + 141
Thanks for the pictures, Paul