Amtrak Rensselaer Shops 8


Having friends who have friends in high places is a nice thing. And when I got a call from good friend, and fellow rail photographer Bob LaMay, asking if I’d like to come with him up to the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops in Rensselaer, NY I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Well, I did hesitate a bit – had to check with the wife to make sure we weren’t doing anything on the family front. But with clearance from the manager of the family calendar, I joined Bob for a nice afternoon in and around the shops. There was some interesting stuff there too – not just the normal GE Genesis locomotives.

Thanks again to Bob for inviting me to tag along for the day, and thanks to the staff at the shops. It was a great day traipsing around the shop grounds, photographing just about everything in sight, even though it was downright humid – even moreso wearing a helmet the whole time. Of all the equipment on the grounds, the most notable was a non-powered control unit (NPCU or cabbage car) that was modified for use in an upcoming live TV broadcast (can’t get into too many more details right now – I’ll update once I can). Trust me, you’ll see the modification right off the bat, it’s not something that’s hidden. And the two domes are there to house the satellite antennae for the broadcast. But you’ll see another NPCU in primer ready for the paint shop, some Superliner equipment, including a full length dome car, some switchers, a GP38, a CT-DOT GP40 getting a prime mover swap, and the usual run of GE Gennies.  And of course, it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways – these photos were taken with permission.  The shops and surrounding yards are Amtrak property, and trespassing is forbidden, so please don’t venture in there. OK, enough of that, here’s the shots – I’ll be adding captions over the next few days.

After turning on the loop track, a par of engines returns with a car
After turning on the loop track, a par of engines returns with a car
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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After turning on the loop track, a par of engines returns with a car

A freshly painted unit sits outside the shops
A freshly painted unit sits outside the shops
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A freshly painted unit sits outside the shops

A modified NPCU rests outside the shops
A modified NPCU rests outside the shops
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A modified NPCU rests outside the shops

The nose of the modified NPCU with some spare wheelsets
The nose of the modified NPCU with some spare wheelsets
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The nose of the modified NPCU with some spare wheelsets

The nose of the modified NPCU with the D&H tower in the background
The nose of the modified NPCU with the D&H tower in the background
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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The nose of the modified NPCU with the D&H tower in the background

NPCU sitting outside the shops, with the Albany/Rensselaer station tower in the background
NPCU sitting outside the shops, with the Albany/Rensselaer station tower in the background
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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NPCU sitting outside the shops, with the Albany/Rensselaer station tower in the background

Looking down the roof line of a GP38H-3
Looking down the roof line of a GP38H-3
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Looking down the roof line of a GP38H-3

Bob LaMay takes a shot of the NPCU from the roof of a GP38H-3
Bob LaMay takes a shot of the NPCU from the roof of a GP38H-3
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Bob LaMay takes a shot of the NPCU from the roof of a GP38H-3

The side of a GP38H-3
The side of a GP38H-3
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The side of a GP38H-3

A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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A look inside the modified NPCU's cab

A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
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A look inside the modified NPCU's cab

A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
A look inside the modified NPCU's cab
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A look inside the modified NPCU's cab

Some of the sattelite uplink gear, and a pair of seats, in the rear of the modified NPCU
Some of the sattelite uplink gear, and a pair of seats, in the rear of the modified NPCU
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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Some of the sattelite uplink gear, and a pair of seats, in the rear of the modified NPCU

A CT-DOT GP40 gets some prime mover work done in the shops
A CT-DOT GP40 gets some prime mover work done in the shops
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15 mm f/2.8 EX Fishexe
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A CT-DOT GP40 gets some prime mover work done in the shops

An engine rests outside the shops
An engine rests outside the shops
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An engine rests outside the shops

A hostler climbs up into a pair of locomotives
A hostler climbs up into a pair of locomotives
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A hostler climbs up into a pair of locomotives

Outside the shops
Outside the shops
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Outside the shops

Outside the shops
Outside the shops
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Outside the shops

Some equipment outside the shops
Some equipment outside the shops
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Some equipment outside the shops

Detail of #708s nose
Detail of #708s nose
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Detail of #708s nose

A dented nose, with a part of the Albany skyline in the background
A dented nose, with a part of the Albany skyline in the background
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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A dented nose, with a part of the Albany skyline in the background

Locomotives outside of the shops
Locomotives outside of the shops
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Locomotives outside of the shops

A NPCU in primer waits to head into the paint shop
A NPCU in primer waits to head into the paint shop
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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A NPCU in primer waits to head into the paint shop

A NPCU sits outside of the paint shop in primer
A NPCU sits outside of the paint shop in primer
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A NPCU sits outside of the paint shop in primer

A looking down view of a NPCU in primer
A looking down view of a NPCU in primer
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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A looking down view of a NPCU in primer

Looking down a train waiting to head out
Looking down a train waiting to head out
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Looking down a train waiting to head out

The nose of the NPCU in primer
The nose of the NPCU in primer
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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The nose of the NPCU in primer

A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer
A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer
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A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer

A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer
A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer
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A look at the cab windows of the NPCU in primer

Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer

Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
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Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer

Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
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Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer

Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer
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Inside the cab of the NPCU in primer

The NPCU in primer outside of the paint shop
The NPCU in primer outside of the paint shop
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The NPCU in primer outside of the paint shop

Bob LaMay on the scaffolding getting a shot of the NPCU in primer
Bob LaMay on the scaffolding getting a shot of the NPCU in primer
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Bob LaMay on the scaffolding getting a shot of the NPCU in primer

Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop
Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop
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Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop

Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop
Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop
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Some metal shavings outside of the paint shop

The "yum yum car"
The "yum yum car"
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The "yum yum car"

A longer view of the modified NPCU
A longer view of the modified NPCU
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A longer view of the modified NPCU

A pair of switchers
A pair of switchers
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A pair of switchers

The modified NPCU
The modified NPCU
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The modified NPCU

The modified NPCU
The modified NPCU
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The modified NPCU

Inside the shops - a CDOT GP40 getting some prime mover work
Inside the shops - a CDOT GP40 getting some prime mover work
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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Inside the shops - a CDOT GP40 getting some prime mover work

The view from the sand tower of the modified NPCU
The view from the sand tower of the modified NPCU
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The view from the sand tower of the modified NPCU

The rear of the shops, as viewed from the top of the sand tower
The rear of the shops, as viewed from the top of the sand tower
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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The rear of the shops, as viewed from the top of the sand tower

The view from the top of the sand tower
The view from the top of the sand tower
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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The view from the top of the sand tower

The view from the sand tower
The view from the sand tower
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The view from the sand tower

The modified NPCU
The modified NPCU
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The modified NPCU

The modified NPCU
The modified NPCU
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The modified NPCU

The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
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The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3

The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
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The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3

A view inside a Superliner Dome Car
A view inside a Superliner Dome Car
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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A view inside a Superliner Dome Car

Finally, some blue skies!  The NPCU in primer under the sun
Finally, some blue skies! The NPCU in primer under the sun
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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Finally, some blue skies! The NPCU in primer under the sun

A NPCU in primer sits outside of the paint shop
A NPCU in primer sits outside of the paint shop
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A NPCU in primer sits outside of the paint shop

A horn level view of the roof of a GP38H-3
A horn level view of the roof of a GP38H-3
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A horn level view of the roof of a GP38H-3

Horns & domes - the horns of a GP38H-3 and the modified NPCU
Horns & domes - the horns of a GP38H-3 and the modified NPCU
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Horns & domes - the horns of a GP38H-3 and the modified NPCU

Bob LaMay climbs down from the roof of the GP38H-3
Bob LaMay climbs down from the roof of the GP38H-3
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Bob LaMay climbs down from the roof of the GP38H-3

Bob LaMay on the rear of the modified NPCU
Bob LaMay on the rear of the modified NPCU
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Bob LaMay on the rear of the modified NPCU

A view of the domes on the NPCU
A view of the domes on the NPCU
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A view of the domes on the NPCU

The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3
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The modified NPCU and a GP38H-3

The starters on the CDOT GP40
The starters on the CDOT GP40
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The starters on the CDOT GP40

The parts removed from the long hood of the CDOT GP40 sit near the unit as work continues
The parts removed from the long hood of the CDOT GP40 sit near the unit as work continues
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The parts removed from the long hood of the CDOT GP40 sit near the unit as work continues

A unit sits over the inspection pit
A unit sits over the inspection pit
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A unit sits over the inspection pit

A wide view inside the shops
A wide view inside the shops
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A wide view inside the shops

Freshly modified non-powered control unit (NPCU) #90225 rests at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops.  The domes are for TV satellite transmitting equipment.  (Taken with permission)
Freshly modified non-powered control unit (NPCU) #90225 rests at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops. The domes are for TV satellite transmitting equipment. (Taken with permission)
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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Freshly modified non-powered control unit (NPCU) #90225 rests at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops. The domes are for TV satellite transmitting equipment. (Taken with permission)

One of the most important vehicles on the site - the one that empties the toilets!  (Taken with permission)
One of the most important vehicles on the site - the one that empties the toilets! (Taken with permission)
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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One of the most important vehicles on the site - the one that empties the toilets! (Taken with permission)

The front of the Rensselaer Shops  (Taken with permission)
The front of the Rensselaer Shops (Taken with permission)
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The front of the Rensselaer Shops (Taken with permission)

A wider view of the CDOT locomotive being worked on  (Taken with permission)
A wider view of the CDOT locomotive being worked on (Taken with permission)
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A wider view of the CDOT locomotive being worked on (Taken with permission)

A look at the prime mover of CDOT 6696 as its undergoing work at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shop  (Taken with permission)
A look at the prime mover of CDOT 6696 as its undergoing work at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shop (Taken with permission)
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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A look at the prime mover of CDOT 6696 as its undergoing work at the Amtrak Rensselaer Shop (Taken with permission)

A view inside the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops, where a CDOT Shore Line East locomotive is getting some prime mover work done  (Taken with permission)
A view inside the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops, where a CDOT Shore Line East locomotive is getting some prime mover work done (Taken with permission)
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A view inside the Amtrak Rensselaer Shops, where a CDOT Shore Line East locomotive is getting some prime mover work done (Taken with permission)


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Thanks for looking!
Tom

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