PAR 1 (FP9), PAR 2 (FP9) in Shirley - Pan Am OCS

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  • Published on:  Friday, March 28, 2014
  • PAR 1 (EMD FP9) and PAR 2 (EMD FP9) lead the OCS (Pan Am Railways) through Shirley, Massachusetts, en route to Waterville, Maine. Filling out the consist are the usual ST 101 (Pullman Standard, 1950) and ST 100 (American Car and Foundry, 1916). The Office Car Special was supposed to make an appearance in North Adams, Massachusetts, this morning, at a ribbon cutting of sorts celebrating the acquisition of the North Adams Branch and Connecticut River Line from Pan Am by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The recent news about the closure of the North Adams Regional Hospital has put a damper on things, however, and the event has since been cancelled. Consequently, after spending last night in East Deerfield the OCS is now on its way back to Waterville.

    PAR 1 and PAR 2 were built in 1954 by Electro-Motive Diesel (General Motors) for the Canadian National Railway Company. They were acquired by Via Rail at some point before being picked up by the Conway Scenic Railroad in 1995. In 2010 the duo was traded to Pan Am in exchange for ST 216 (EMD GP35) and BM/MEC 252 (EMD GP38). As FP9's, PAR 1 and PAR 2 weigh in at 259,000 pounds (117,480 kilograms) each and produce up to 1,750 horsepower (1,305 kilowatts) each; these weight and power numbers yield a starting tractive effort of 64,000 pounds (285 kilonewtons) each and a continuous tractive effort of 40,000 pounds (178 kilonewtons) each at 9.3 mph (15 km/h). The horn that PAR 1 is currently equipped with is a Nathan K5LA.

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    Filmed with a Canon PowerShot SX230 HS and a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V in beautiful Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

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