Watercolor… 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 merger 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. I caught the Naugatuck’s New Haven FL9 #2019 participating 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. I visited Thomaston in 2015.
The Spencer Series