Location: Domino, Texas – International Paper Facility
Inspector: Douglas J. Ellison
Locomotive: RSS 602, ex- Rock Island #795, exx- NYO&W 111
Year Built: 1948
Current Owner: OmniTRAX Leasing - Denver, Colorado
On December 10, 2001 I was given permission along with my photographer sister Linda Ellison to enter International Paper property at Domino, Texas and perform a cursory inspection of ex- NYO&W #111, owned by my employer OmniTRAX of Denver, Colorado. What follows is a very basic report on the condition of this unit. All major components appear to be complete.
Generator Model: D-4 – commutator and brusholders look ok
Traction Motors: Complete, intact with cable – no further inspection done
Engine: At some point in Rock Island days the original 567A block was swapped out for a 567BC engine with a 1968 serial number
Glazing: Non-FRA, safety glass only. Unit still has front center windows intact
Pilot Plate / End Sheets: Both are damaged and non-complying, but this is a sheet metal job not uncommon to many industrial service locomotives
Journals: All show contamination of journal lube oil and are still friction style – brass and journal surfaces appear to be in good condition with minimum lateral. Boxes would need to be re-packed.
Wheels: Wheel gage not used - #2 wheel set is probably high flange, wheels are otherwise marginal but probably legal.
Air Brakes: #6 brake, hoses missing, but all other components appear intact. Angle cocks will most likely need replacement
Sander Hoses: Rotted
Retention Tank: Equipped
Batteries: Complete Set - dead – may be freeze damaged
Lube Oil: in sump, looks okay, no sample taken
Headlights: At some point post NYO&W replaced with twin sealed beams
Bell: Frame mounted
Wiper Motor hoses are rotted or missing
Blue card: Missing
Air Card: No Data
Electrical: Complete – cabling and wiring in fair condition
Switch Gear: pneumatic
Control Stand: Original replaced with AAR Switcher pedestal stand
Engine: - Top Deck looks good, cams and rollers in good condition, covers tight
**** Engine has evidence of freeze damage – water was drained out of the retention tank – unit was never drained when shut down in about 1997. Total extent of damage unknown, whether it be several power assemblies or more, radiator, water pumps, lube oil cooler…unknown ******
Engine Manifolds look to be in good condition
Has “cabbage” style spark arrestors, but they are rotted out and functionless – not an O&W item
Trucks: No visible cracks, slack adjusters are bent up, springs look okay
Front and Rear coupler wear plates show excessive wear – need to be shimmed
Rear Coupler knuckle needs to be replaced, and coupler horn should be gauged
Cut levers have FRA modified handholds
Carbody: Painted yellow, shows excessive surface rust, especially on inside of doors and carbody – surface rust – carbody otherwise appears solid and sound
Unit reported as a strong runner until shut down due to change in switching service contract.
By far the two major critical components with this locomotive are the extent of freeze damage and the problem of moving it on own wheels account of having plain style journal bearings.
There is fortunately a locomotive shop nearby located in Wascomb, Texas operated by Progress Rail who could perform truck conversion work, and interchange readiness with cooperation of Railway Switching Services (A G&W Industries Company) and International Paper. Since all components are still intact and the basic integrity of the locomotive is close to original it could be a feasible make a long-term restoration project either cosmetically or eventually operationally.
All photos taken by: Linda L. Ellison
Report Written: 12-27-01 by DJ Ellison