New Haven EMD FL9 #2019 . Naugatuck Railroad . Thomaston Station . Connecticut . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... the EMD FL9 (New Haven Class EDER-5) is a diesel electric locomotive with pure electric power capability through the addition of third rail,
pick-up shoes. 60 of these units were built between 1956 and 1960 exclusively for the New York, New Haven and Hartford (NH) Railroad.
Primary power is produced by a supercharged, V16 two-stroke diesel engine. Straight third rail electric generation to the drive motors was only used
on track with insufficient exhaust ventilation... such as within the Grand Central Terminal and through the Park Avenue Tunnel in New York City.
The FL9 locomotive also has the unusual truck arrangement of having two axles under the forward cab and three axles at the rear.
NH #2019, as purchased, was originally numbered NH #2049, before its merge into Penn Central as PC #5049, on through Conrail and finally to the
Connecticut DOT in 1983... when in 1985, it was rebuilt and renumbered to NH #2019 and repainted back to its classic; Herbert Matter designed
white, black and red-orange livery. In 2002, NH #2019 and a second FL9, NH #2002 (former NH #2005), were acquired by the Railroad Museum of
New England... which now operates as the Naugatuck Railroad (NAUG) between Waterville and Thomaston, Connecticut. The Naugatuck's New
Haven FL9 #2019 participated at the "Streamliners at Spencer" event at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in 2014, working one end of a
Push-Pull passenger consist with the Burlington E5, Silver Pilot.
The Spencer Series