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NYS&W 120

New York, Susquehanna, and Western #120

Type: B=B
Builder: EMD (General Motors)
Model: SW-9
Construction #: 17263
Year Built: 01/1953
Horsepower: 1,200
Engine: EMD 567B - 12 cylinder
Weight: 248,000 lbs.
Notes: ex-Chesapeake & Ohio #5091 (later Chessie System).
NYS&W #120, 04/1985.
Sold to American Motor Power, Inc., Dansville, NY

#120 at the Kenilworth Yards in April of 1992, just days before the last movement was made over the RVRR. Interestingly the engine is pointed towards Aldene, instead of Summit. Back when the Rahway Valley Railroad Company (and lessee) controlled the line, all of the locomotives pointed towards Summit (99.99% of the time). Collection of Steve Lynch.

A visitor to the Rahway Valley Railroad, #120 could be seen along the RVRR and the neighboring Staten Island Railway from 1986 until 1992. #120 began life as #5091 of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. In 1972, as part of the C&O's merger with the Baltimore & Ohio and the Western Maryland, #5091 was repainted in a Chessie System paint scheme. During the latter part of the 1980's this engine was sent to switch the Staten Island Railroad's freight operation (formerly Staten Island Rapid Transit). The SIRR was a subsidiary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

In April of 1985 the Staten Island Railroad's freight operations were assumed by the Delaware Otsego Corporation and the line was renamed the Staten Island Railway. #5091 was repainted as #120 of the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad, a subsidiary of Delaware Otsego Corp.

In 1986 Delaware Otsego also acquired the nearby Rahway Valley Railroad, inheriting their GE-70 tonners #16 and 17. Eventually #120 performed all of the movements over both the RVRR and the SIRy. #120 performed the last movement over the RVRR on April 21, 1992.

#120 at Kenilworth. 12/1987.

#120, with a short consist, rolls past Excee Tower at Cranford Junction. 10/27/1988. Photo taken by Carl Perelman.

#120 along the Staten Island Railway in Cranford. 6/14/1985.
Collection of Charles Freericks

#120, with two boxcars in tow, comes off the Staten Island Railway and heads into Cranford Junction. 1991. Collection of Steve Lynch.

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