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American S160 in Poland

Postby LVG1 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 2:30 pm

On Saturday, September 21, I was en route with a steam excursion train together with two friends—from Löbau in Saxony (Germany) to Jaworzyna Śląska in Lower Silesia (Poland) and back.
There's a railroad museum in Jaworzyna Śląska. It's a relatively young museum. So they have managed to refurbish only few of their vehicles so far. Most of their fleet is in pitiable condition. But at least, it's saved from scrap and is available for future restoration. And on Friday evening, I got the images which I had taken with a friend's camera.

Amongst others, this museum has two S160's which were made for the US-Army Transportation Corps between 1942 and 1946 for the army's transports in Europe during World War II. From January 1946 through February 1947, Polskie Koleje Państwowe (Polish National Railroads / PKP) received 75 of these locomotives from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) as reconstruction aid and gave them the numbers Tr201-1 through Tr201-75. PKP bought further 500 units directly from the US-Army Transportation Corps between September 1946 and August 1947. These locomotives got the numbers Tr203-1 through Tr203-500. In spite of the different series (Tr201 and Tr203), they were identical. PKP used them in freight traffic until 1982. Only occasionally, they also pulled passenger trains.

Tr201-51 was made by Lima in 1945. The blue label on the cab marks it as property of the railroad museum.
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Tr203-296 (made in 1943 by Alco) obviously got new color.
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...but only outside...
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And if you look closely, you can even recognize the original USATC number.
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But there were some other things to see, too.
Some poeple showed what they have...
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby Rich B » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:23 am

Here's a Baldwin built example, which was PKP Tr.203.208. Now on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England. Amongst the stations on this line is Goathland, which was Hogsmead in the Harry Potter films. Image
USATC 2253 by Richard Bucknall, on Flickr
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby Arseny » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:28 am

S160 is well known in Russia as Ша (Sha) serie.
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby LVG1 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:04 pm

Arseny wrote:S160 is well known in Russia as Ша (Sha) serie.


I know. Soviet series ША (ShA) consisted of 90 locomotives of the S160 type, 50 S162's and 60 S166's. They were made for Soviet wide gauge. But in 1957 50 of them were altered to cape gauge for use on Sakhalin island and became series ШУ (ShU).
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby Arseny » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:17 pm

It's very strange for me that Tillig (or Roco) did not produce this locomotive in TT.
S160s were in use in almost all "TT-countries", where TT scale is popular - Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Soviet Union, and even Germany (very briefly); and also it could be used for American TT as starting point..
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby LVG1 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:27 pm

"Very briefly"—that's the keyword.

Germany is the most important (because the largest financially strong) market for TT. And because it was used in Germany only very briefly, there's almost no request on this model in Germany. Even in other gauges it's hard to find a S160.
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby j p » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:56 pm

Have you got any info about the use of S160 in North America?
Look what I have here:

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I made this out of a resin kit and BTTB drive some 20 years ago. The cab has been damaged during moving, but I believe that it can be fixed.
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby LVG1 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:12 pm

j p wrote:I made this out of a resin kit and BTTB drive some 20 years ago. The cab has been damaged during moving, but I believe that it can be fixed.


Wow! Great! :thumbup:

j p wrote:Have you got any info about the use of S160 in North America?


Seven units of S160 stayed in the USA after delivery. After World War II twelve units came to Alaska, with two units which had come back from Europe beneath. Six of these twelve engines stayed in service until 1955.

In 1958 five locomotives from Alaska were sold to a private railroad in Spain. There was also one engine beneath which had been in Europe before. This one is the only locomotive of this type which crossed the Atlantic three times.

Source: German Wikipedia; http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/USATC-Klasse_S_160#Die_S_160_in_den_USA
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby j p » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:09 pm

Thank you. I followed it and found a photo of one of the Alaska RR engines in Washington. It still exists. It was running until 1970's.
in Washington. Then it was on a display as a part of a museum (picture). It was moved back to Anchorage in 2012 and it is currently under restoration. http://www.alaskarails.org/pix/former-loco/557/index.html
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Re: American S160 in Poland

Postby LVG1 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:23 pm

Very interesting! :thumbup:
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