Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway

Old Colony And Newport Scenic Railway

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Old Colony and Newport Scenic Railway

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The Old Colony and Newport Railway is a heritage railroad in Rhode Island which operates on the Newport Secondary Rail Line along with the Newport Dinner Train.

The Old Colony and Newport Railway operates passenger excursion trains on what is known as the "Newport Secondary Line" from downtown Newport, Rhode Island to Middletown, Rhode Island. All trains are operated by volunteers on Sundays.


The Old Colony and Newport has three locomotives; two General Electric 45 Ton locomotives, numbered 4764 and 84. Both are of 1940s vintage and both have served with the armed services in their lifetimes. They were built with two Cummins over-the-road diesel truck engines (one in front, one in back), rated at 150 horsepower. These were linked to electric generators that provide electricity to traction motors (one per truck, linked on the outside by siderods). Both are equipped with full air train brakes and straight air locomotive brakes as well as handbrakes.The 84 recently underwent a major overhaul that was funded by several grants, and has been returned to its original state mechanically, with both engines working. The 4764, not as fortunate, only has one operating engine (the north engine). An interesting note is that the 84 actually operates backwards; when it was put on the tracks, it was facing south, towards Newport. However, the OC&N traditionally couples its engines to the North end of the train; so, when the engineer looks out the...
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