MSE Engine #64
Purchased by MSE: 1975
Primarily used on MSE track, occasionally leased to offsite customers. Replaced all power assemblies. Replaced both truck assemblies and wheels. Rebuilt the traction motors, brake rigging, and the Flex coil assemblies from ETC to NREC. Engine was tied-up in our car repair shop during Hurricane Katrina. Storm surge brought 4 feet of water into the shop. Joey Smith, engine mechanic, broke down the trucks, dried out the motor with heaters, and the engine hasn’t missed a dispatch since. Joey says that #64 is very reliable and used for yard switching and extra power. However, the locomotive engineers know it best for its uniquely loud horn. To quote Joe Alford, “64’s horn is louder than a coal-mine whistle.”
MSE Engine #65
Purchased by MSE: 1973
Used Strictly on MSE track, and is commonly tied up near the CN interchange on the North end of the track. Joey Smith, engine mechanic, replaced all 16 power assemblies, rod bearings and injectors in 2000, and you would not know it was a 36 year old train engine.
MSE Engine #66
Purchased by MSE: 1979
Used Strictly on MSE track, and is commonly tied up at the railcar shop. Joey Smith, engine mechanic, replaced both truck assemblies and a traction motor in 2002. In 2007, he replaced the injectors. 66 has been a real workhorse for the MSE, although it is beginning to loose a little time to the newer 67, it is a favorite of most of the train-crew. During Hurricane Katrina, it was tied-up inside the car shop which had close to 4 ft of water. Joey quickly broke-down and put heaters on all sensitive areas in an effort to dry them out. His quick reaction and ingenuity proved to be the salvation of this wonderful machine.
MSE Engine #67
Purchased by MSE: 2008
Used strictly on MSE track, and is commonly tied up at the railcar shop. Joey Smith, engine mechanic, replaced 5 current limiting fuses and 5 diodes in main generator in 2009. Other than that, this beast has been a dream.
MSE Engine #68
Engine #68, or Big Daddy, is named after long-time MSE executive, Dwain G. Luce. Big Daddy is the strongest locomotive in the fleet and weighs in at 275,000 lbs. It can reach a top speed of 65MPH.
MSE Engine #4301
Purchased by MSE: 2006
MSE’s smallest locomotive that we lease to customers for industrial switching needs.