Locomotive #35 was constructed in 1928 in the Juniata PA shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad for service on its subsidiary, the Long Island Rail Road. After 27 years of faithful service, Loco #35 was formally retired in 1955.
This Class G5s locomotive employed the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement and was specifically designed to meet the demands of commuter passenger service. It was capable of rapidly accelerating large trains of passenger cars from the many stations encountered on each trip.
After 27 years of faithful service, Locomotive #35 was formally retired in 1955 as the railroad replaced its steam locomotives with more efficient diesel-electric machines.
One of the very last steam locomotives to operate on Long Island, Loco #35 was donated by the railroad to Nassau County, and was exhibited for many years in Salisbury (later Eisenhower) Park.
23 years later the locomotive was removed from the park. Today Steam Locomotive 35 is maintained for Nassau County by the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum.
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - All roads lead to this.
Today we finished phase 1 of the restoration of former LIRR steam locomotive #35. Attending to the blueprints and measuring tools, were Scott Lindsay and his men from Steam Operations Corp. of Birmingham Alabama. These men measured all of the pieces from the driving gear and frame of #35, its pilot truck and the runnning gear from the tender as well. Our volunteers were at the yard assisting them from Wednesday to today. Rich Brody and Leon Daitz headed up the OBRM staff on hand and were assisted by Doug Kasner. They also went over the tender shell to see where the metal was too thin and needed replacement. Before they left to go home down south, we went over the next set of tasks that were needed before the parts went to their shop for the actual machining.
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