Dedication of 25-Ton Locomotive

Lake Shore Railway Historical Society to Dedicate GE 25 ton Locomotive #188
Saturday, August 20, 2011,   3:00 p.m.

Lake Shore Railway Museum
31 Wall Street (Wall & Robinsons Streets)
North East, Pennsylvania

General Electric 25 ton Locomotive #188 to be dedicated to Lake Shore Railway Historical Society’s ongoing effort to preserve transportation products built by General Electric.

“General Electric locomotive construction and Erie, PA are synonymous,” said Ray Grabowski, Jr., president of Lake Shore Railway Historical Society.  “GE locomotives are the tools of industry and commerce that our family members built right here in Erie County.  The technology we now call ‘diesel-electric’ was first designed and produced here 100 years ago, and today, GE is the leader in locomotive design and production in this
hemisphere, if not the world.  Locomotive #188 shall stand as a small token, here with its larger bothers at Lake Shore Railway Museum, of the ‘Locomotives GE Built.’ ”

Built in November 1950, GE 25 ton Locomotive #188 was one of thousands of industrial locomotives built by Erie, PA, General Electric Locomotive Assembly Plant.  Locomotive #188 toiled for years at various industries before joining the steelmaking workforce of Ellwood Group Incorporated and assigned to Ellwood National Forge of Irwin (Warren), PA.

In late 2008, Ellwood National Forge/Ellwood Group Inc., donated Locomotive #188 to Lake Shore Railway Historical Society for restoration and preservation.  A special ‘Thank You!’ to Ellwood Group Inc. for all their support and to Lake Shore Railway Museum volunteers and donors who contributed to restoring Locomotive #188 to operational status.

Contact:    Ray Grabowski, Jr.
President, LSRHS

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