ALCos of LTV Steel

RS-11 7212 and a mate meet a loaded crude ore train led by hard-working 7215, June 11th, 1999.

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RS-11 on the mainline

LTV's operation are shut down since early January 2001!

August 02: The locomotives are currently being sold off. As soon as I hear more details they'll be added here.

October 2003: Ten RS-11 (7204, 7206, 7207, 7208, 7211, 7212, 7213, 7214, 7215, 7216) were acquired by the Morristown & Erie Railway. The last five units arrived on their property in late September or early October 2003. One unit, the 7216 is stored at Morristown, NJ, the other nine are stored at Lake Jct. west of Wharton, NJ.
On a sidenote, the Baldwins are reported to be going to SMS Rail Service in Bridgeport, NJ.

A look into the history:

LTV Steel at Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota had a large fleet of ALCo RS-11 and three C-420 plus a lonely C-425 for plant duties. The RS-11 and C-420 usually worked in pairs on 18 cars and moved crude ore from the loading pits to the crusher - heavy duty for the aged units. While at the loading pits, the units were remote controlled. It was a push-pull operation, each train end wasmade up by a cab-control car (basically a hopper with a spartan cab...). All ALCos seemed to still carry the Erie Mining lettering as they were not intended to work on harbor runs in the last years of operation. Most of the F9's din't carry either lettering...

The following plan didn't take effect with the closure: second-hand Dash-7's working the mine. First tests with one of the LRC lease units were done in spring 99, with room for improvement. Three C30-7 can replace a 5-unit set of F9's but without changes a single C30-7 can't replace a pair of RS-11. Infact, the venerable RS-11 ran the last crude ore trains.

An LTV Steel press release from late May 2000 announced the closure of the Hoyt Lakes mining complex in 2001. Stripping of new mining areas was already suspended by end of May 2000 so that only the exisiting areas were planned to be mined out until closure.

RS-11 7207 and 7204 are working a loading pit on the western part of the mine, June 11th, 1999.

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LTV loading pit
roster shot 7205 and 7209 wait with an empty to enter the loading pocket track. Hoyt Lakes, June 11th, 1999.

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A C-420 pair made up by 2 third of the LTV Steel C-420 fleet - 7222 and 7220 - work a loading pocket in western part of the mine.

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roster shot
7204 and 7211 haul yet another crude ore train to the concentrator. June, 11th, 1999.

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