Norfolk Southern High Nose GP-38
(Engines NS2729 and 2786 LT2302 painted by Joe Kopin)

These two Norfolk Southern GP-38s arrived this morning in East Buffalo with a train of freight to be forwarded east to Croxton yard and intermediate points. As is the Lackawanna Terminal Railway's corporate policy, any foreign locomotives arriving on Lackawanna Terminal Railway property are immediately confiscated and used to drill the yard or deliver local freight while the foreign railroad's crews are taken to lunch by the assistant yardmaster's intern. This is a practical policy which equates to doing LT work with NS fuel and engine hours. Unfortunately these two engines drifted as far east as Scranton , Pennsylvania and will not be returned to Buffalo before the crew gets back from lunch even factoring in free refills at the soda fountain dispenser at the local Burger King. It is likely that the Norfolk Southern Railway will protest the use of these engine since they will not return to their originating yard anytime soon. A fatuous letter of apology will be forwarded with the proclaimed certainty of termination with extreme prejudice for the parties responsible. The engines will certainly arrive back on the Norfolk Southern with at least 100 gallons of fuel remaining.

(Engines painted by Scott Lupia)

A Lackawanna Terminal Railway brakeman enjoys the view from the second unit as a pair of ex-Norfolk and Western SD-35s and caboose work their way back to Buffalo. The engines, which arrived this morning in East Buffalo were "appropriated" by the East Buffalo Yardmaster as the need for helper engines on an east bound Lackawanna Terminal Railway tonnage train became "acute" after one of the Lackawanna Terminal Railway engines died from overwork. They are just now headed back to Buffalo after a short turn around in Binghamton. They will not likely make it back in time for their scheduled return to the Norfolk Southern yard this afternoon and the NS crew that ran them into East Buffalo has since gone over the hours of service and have been taxied to their point of origin. It is therefore likely that these engines will be send east again while waiting for another NS crew to be called to retrieve them tomorrow. The NS engine desk has long since given up trying to keep their engines on their property and have conceded the value of the contents of the blank white envelope delivered by messenger once a week to their office far outweighs the futile efforts to prevent the "needs of service" requirements that the Lackawanna Terminal Railway has placed on their engines.

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