What We're Working On
GP7 #55 (ex C&O 5704)
The oldest GP7 still operating, 55 was ordered by the Pere Marquette Railroad from General Motors’ Electro Motive Division in 1947, but was delivered to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway as a result of a merger. The locomotive’s original number was 5704 and was purchased by the Indiana & Ohio around 1987.
The 1500 horsepower locomotive was built in May of 1950 and was ballasted to 248,000 lbs., the heaviest GP7’s on the C&O. GP stands for General Purpose, and the 55 was built as a dual service locomotive. It was capable of moving both passenger and freight cars, and was originally equipped with a steam generator to provide heat for passenger cars in cold weather.
Cincinnati Scenic Railway has already begun the process of replacing critical components on the locomotive. 55 will be worked on throughout 2018 to begin a multi-year effort to rewire, rebuild, and cosmetically restore the unit. Many of 55's critical components have exceeded their useful life. This has resulted in poor reliability and increased emissions. Over $100,000 in ticket revenue has been invested in 55 since 2016 to proactively address these issues.
Once basic state of good repair work is complete in 2018, CSR will begin to solicit donations from the public to complete the cosmetic restoration of the locomotive.