Locomotives go to highest bidder

Two retired locomotives from MCLB-Albany will go to the highest bidder.

Two retired locomotives from MCLB-Albany will go to the highest bidder.

— ALBANY — The two 80-ton retired locomotives aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany featured on the government surplus auction site, www.govliquidation.com, attracted a good bit of attention from bidders.

The Department of Defense auctioned off the diesel electric locomotives to the public via the website from midnight Monday through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Bidding for each locomotive started at $150. Immediately after closing, the site had one locomotive’s lot price at $55,550 with the other at $43,000.

The locomotives were built in 1955 by General Electric Co. and were used exclusively by the Marine Corps for switching trains on military bases around the country, a history provided by Government Liquidation officials stated.

The locomotives served as pickup units that took rail traffic into base perimeters from mainline rail freight. In so doing, they moved freight from the rail receiving area to the warehouses populating the installation, officials said.

The locomotives were remanufactured in 1988. Each is powered by two Cummins diesel engines, and come with two GE generators and two air compressors.

They were still in working order when they were parked on MCLB-Albany last year.


VSU 3 years, 7 months ago

Locomotives goes to highest bidder.....isn't that how it usually works?


Sister_Ruby 3 years, 7 months ago

Not always! They might have been forced to sell it to a Minority Entity!


myside 3 years, 7 months ago

Normally the highest bidder at an auction gets what is being sold. So, why is this article newsworthy?


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