Our Equipment

Learn About The Equipment That Rides Our Rails

Ready… Set… Comets! “This year our mechanical department got through Polar Express with just a few minor issues” said ASR Chief Mechanic Chris Talluto. “The trains ran well, thanks to the work of our mechanical staff and volunteers.” More from Chris, on the Comets Car:

For the first time, “The Utica Comets Car” (coach #5488) saw service, debuting on our 2017 Polar Express. With the interior 99% complete, there is seating for 76 passengers plus handicapped. However, the outside is not quite finished, as colder temps forced a stop to outdoor painting.

The Comets Car is our first coach to warm passengers with electric baseboard heat. We also installed new carpeting and removed old carpeting to expose the original aluminum luggage racks. Plus, over 400 pieces of seating cushions have been re-upholstered in the Comets colors of blue and green.

We also installed a new electrical service panel, transformers. and power lines inside and under the car. Our staff removed all the slider windows and replaced them with double laminated safety glass. New interior wall boards were installed and painted in our new color scheme.

This spring we’ll finish the restrooms, plus finish painting and other detail work. This will also be the first coach to receive metal septic holding tanks.

The Utica Comets hockey team, an anonymous donor, private donors, Indiegogo.com crowdfunding, train ticket sales, and ARPS members all contributed to this project.

Over 50 vendors from across New York State and across the country provided materials and services for restoring the Comets Car.

“A special thanks goes out to both the mechanical crew and our volunteers.” added Chris. “They all did excellent work under less than ideal conditions. Our staff always enjoys volunteers helping, and we are looking forward to having more mechanical volunteers this coming season.”

 

black 8255 train
8255

Built: by ALCO in Schenectady, NY

Heritage: The 8255 is a 1600 Horsepower Road Switcher built for New York Central Railroad. This locomotive ran all over New York Central lines and was eventually transferred to Penn Central in 1966. It was renumbered to 5504 for the Penn Central. It was sold to Amtrak in 1972 and renumbered to 127. It was later sold in 1981 and acquired by a private individual. NYC 8255 was restored and operated in Kansas. It was donated to the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society in 2015

Acquired: 2015

1835 train
1835

Built: MLW (Montreal Locomotive Company) (ALCO’s sister company in Canada) in mid 50’s

Heritage: CP rail in mid 80’s, sold to New Brunswick East Coast Railroad (NBCR), NBCR was then purchased by CN, CN retired the units in 2010, 1835 purchased by the ARPS’s members, friends, corporate donations and the 1845 was purchased by the Community Foundation of the Mohawk Valley

Acquired: 2011

Note: Purchase of this locomotive was made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc. and the Franklin Baker Fund and the Wesley & Marion Small fund.

green 1845 train
1845

Built: MLW (Montreal Locomotive Company) (ALCO’s sister company in Canada) in mid 50’s

Heritage: CP rail in mid 80’s, sold to New Brunswick East Coast Railroad (NBCR), NBCR was then purchased by CN, CN retired the units in 2010, 1835 purchased by the ARPS’s members, friends, corporate donations and the 1845 was purchased by the Community Foundation of the Mohawk Valley

Acquired: 2011

1508 train
1508

Built by: EMD in 1953

Heritage: built for ALASKA Railway, operated on ADIX since 1999

Acquired: 2010

1502 train
1502

Built by: EMD in Illinois in 1947

Heritage: built for the GM&O, sold to MBTA, then to Metro North

Acquired: 2003

705 train
705

Built by: EMD in 1941

Heritage: L&N, at ADIX since 1992, currently privately owned by a rail preservationist

Acquired: 1992

silver spring train
Silver Spring

Note: The private car Silver Spring was built by the Pullman Company in 1925 and ran on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Features a luxurious interior with mahogany paneling, wall to wall carpeting and modern kitchen, heating and air conditioning.

coaches train
Coaches

Built for: Canadian National Railway – 1950’s

Heritage: VIA in the 70’s

Acquired: 1996

adirondack railbike
Rail Bike

A four seat pedal powered vehicle that is designed to allow you to ride and explore sections of track that are closed off to other traffic, enjoying the beauty of the Adirondacks at a more leisurely pace.

Our railbikes are proudly manufactured right here in Utica, NY.