Built as Seaboard Air Line # 1531 in 1949, it was sold to the Florida Power & Light Company in the early 1970's. It was sold to the Adirondack Railway Corporation (mostly known for their role in operating trains to and from the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid) in 1980 and was called "The Tampa Tiger" due to the orange paint it arrived in. Following the shutdown of the Adirondack Railway, it was sold to the New York Susquehanna & Western as an Alco parts supply unit. The NYS&W donated the remains of the locomotive, mostly in tact to the Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter of the NRHS in the late 1980's, and is currently on display at the Utica Children's Museum. It is important to note the locomotive was cosmetically restored and painted in the current paint scheme it is in today, but was never in service with this paint.
Unfortunately, the museum will soon be under new ownership and the locomotive must be moved. It will either be scrapped on site or it will be moved to the north side of the main railroad tracks in Utica, NY where it will be moved by rail to Remsen. The cost of the equipment to make this move is approximately $6,000 and we hope you can help us in contributing towards saving one of three remaining RSC2's. The ultimate goal is to preserve this locomotive as a static display as many of its operating components have now been used elsewhere.
Phase 1 of this project is to move the locomotive by December 15, 2020 off of the museum property and to Remsen, and Phase 2 of the project is to shift the locomotive to a location in Remsen where it can be viewed and enjoyed by anyone and everyone interested in the history of railroads in the Adirondacks.
Special thanks to the Matt Giardino and the Alco Historical & Technical Society for providing an accurate account of the locomotive history, as well as the photos and special thanks to the Utica & Mohawk Valley chapter of the NRHS, and Over the Top Construction for making this opportunity available for railroad preservation.
Photographer Unknown, appears to be leaving Utica, NY in the early 1980's.
Photo courtesy of the Matt Giardino collection
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