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Date: 01/10/19 08:20
EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: jst3751

Dynamic Rail Preservation (DynaRail), in conjunction with Nevada State Railway Museum Boulder City, is pleased to announce the movement of DynaRail owned ex Amtrak Locomotives 231 & 644 to their new location hosted at the Nevada State Railway Museum Boulder City. 

We are excited about the benefits and opportunities this will provide to DynaRail as well as the Nevada State Railway Museum. As a result, it will bring a wide reaching set of benefits and opportunities, not only to members of all organizations involved, but also to visitors from across the state, the US and the globe as well as the general public as a whole. 

As ownership of both engines remain with DynaRail, among those benefits and opportunities is the increased opportunity for DynaRail to eventually return both units back to serviceable condition, which will then afford the opportunity for the Nevada State Railway Museum Boulder City as well as Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway to enhance and expand their activities available to their visitors and the public. 

DYRX 231 is ex Amtrak F40PHR locomotive AMTK 231 built by EMD for Amtrak in 1977 and was retired by Amtrak in 2001. 

DYRX 644 is ex Amtrak SDP40F locomotive AMTK 644 built by EMD for Amtrak in 1974, sold to ATSF Railway in 1984 and retired by BNSF in 2002. 

Dynamic Rail Preservation is a 501(c)(3) California non-profit corporation started in 2013 with a mission statement of “To dynamically preserve railroad equipment for display, education and operation. To enhance the public awareness of the historical, current and future importance of such railroad equipment.” Dynamic Rail Preservation can be reached by phone or fax at (213) 596-5798 or by sending an email to info@dynarail.org. Please visit us on the web at http://www.dynarail.org 

Nevada State Railway Museum Boulder City is one of three railroad museums of The Nevada Division of Museums and History as established by Nevada State law for the benefit of the residents of Nevada and its visitors. The museum can be reached at (702) 486-5933 and on the web at http://nvculture.org/nevadastaterailroadbouldercity/ 

Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway is a 501(c)(3) Nevada non-profit corporation with a mission statement of “We support the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Boulder City, Nevada, and its programs for the education and benefit of the public and Museum visitors through donations, staffing, maintenance, operation, construction and restoration of historic railroad equipment and models." The Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway can be reached at (702) 486-5952 or by sending an email to info@nevadasouthern.com or by their website at http://www.nevadasouthern.com/index.html 

Dynamic Rail Preservation has no affiliation with Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway. Both are guests of the State of Nevada at the Nevada State Railway Museum Boulder City. 

John Tolmachoff
Treasurer
Dynamic Rail Preservation



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/19 08:29 by jst3751.



Date: 01/10/19 17:55
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: Josta

That's exciting news; can't wait to see pictures!  How did the locomotives get there?

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/19 17:56 by Josta.



Date: 01/10/19 19:46
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: F40PHR231

Thanks, John, for the post!

Josta Wrote:
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> How did the locomotives get there?

They traveled from Ogden to Boulder City, NV via a freight train that ended up taking them to West Colton before they were sent back and set out at Arden yard in Las Vegas. From Arden, the Henderson local took them up to the derail at East Paradise last night, near Railroad Pass, where the museum's UP 844 picked up the units today and brought them the rest of the way up.

1) 644 meets 844

2) 644 on the south display track

3) 231 on the north display track

Thank you, UP, for delivering these locomotives safely; thank you to the donor who funded the move; and thank you Nevada State Railroad Museum for this opportunity to join the collection and contribute to the museum! 








Date: 01/10/19 21:58
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: Josta

Thanks F40. That'll give 844 some needed rest!

Posted from Android

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Date: 01/10/19 23:31
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: Evan_Werkema

jst3751 Wrote:

> As ownership of both engines remain with DynaRail,
> among those benefits and opportunities is the
> increased opportunity for DynaRail to eventually
> return both units back to serviceable condition,

Did copper thieves get to 644, or does it have some other mechanical issue?



Date: 01/11/19 03:58
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: F40PHR231

Evan_Werkema Wrote:
> Did copper thieves get to 644, or does it have
> some other mechanical issue?

It is without batteries since those were left behind in Portland. Copper thieves did not steal any copper from this locomotive, but they did manage to cut into it right before being caught by responding police.



Date: 01/11/19 09:12
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: Josta

Any videos of the locomotives being picked up by 844?

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Date: 01/11/19 11:06
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: truxtrax

Well Chris, my thoughts are that the 2 units will be safer in Boulder than they were in either Portland or Utah!
I'll plan on stopping by on my next trip to Palm Springs via Las Vegas.


Larry Dodgion
Wilsonville, OR



Date: 01/12/19 00:36
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: F40PHR231

Josta Wrote:
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> Any videos of the locomotives being picked up by
> 844?

Several videos of the move was posted by someone in one of the more recent comments at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfNevadaSouthernRailway/

One of the videos shows the Henderson local shoving the locomotives for delivery. Another shows 844 taking them across a recently cleared dirt road crossing shortly after picking them up.



truxtrax Wrote:
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> I'll plan on stopping by on my next trip to Palm
> Springs via Las Vegas.

Hit me up when you come by!



Date: 01/12/19 10:32
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: Josta

Thank you for the video links!

John Acosta
Big Bear Lake, CA



Date: 01/12/19 10:43
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: superfleet

Wonderful news, wasn't this group formerly cut off from the outside world and only recently reconnected via some nice new bridges over the interstate?

thanks

dan



Date: 01/13/19 07:38
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: F40PHR231

superfleet Wrote:
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> Wonderful news, wasn't this group formerly cut off
> from the outside world and only recently
> reconnected via some nice new bridges over the
> interstate?

Yes, and now they're reconnected thanks to a new bridge associated with the construction of I-11.

https://bouldercityreview.com/news/historic-reconnection-final-railroad-spike-relinks-boulder-city-henderson/



Date: 01/13/19 08:38
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: superfleet

Nothing like a connection to the outside world for a museum, did this bring additional compliance issues being reconnected to the national rail system?

Thanks again,

Dan



Date: 01/13/19 08:44
Re: EX Amtrak 231 and 644
Author: dan

yes it did



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