Become an “INJECTOR COLLECTOR” - Fundraising Campaign for Lackawanna 663

The Tri-State Railway Historical Society’s Lackawanna 663 is an EMD F-3 built in 1948, currently the world’s oldest operating and unaltered F-unit, and was voted TRAINS Magazine’s “Must See” locomotive of 2013. Generous donations and support have kept the locomotive in operation since Tri-State preserved it in 1985, originally Bangor & Aroostook 44. The 663 recently returned to service after a full rebuild of its main and auxiliary generators and compressor. The 663 was used in excursion, yard-shuttle and Santa Train service for Steamtown National Historic Site throughout 2017, even posing alongside Tri-State’s M&E 19 at Railfest 2017. In 2017, sister F-3 664 missed service days due to injector failure, and Tri-State would like to prevent that issue in 2018 by replacing those on 663 before it enters service on Memorial Day weekend.  Replacing the locomotive’s original 16 fuel injectors with professional help will cost $125.00 each, with our originals traded in to be rebuilt for other locomotives. The injectors in 663 now were in it when we bought the unit in 1985. They are likely more than 40 years old. All funds raised, in excess of our $2,000 goal, will be kept in the F-3 fund. 

DL&W 663 at  Streamliners at Spencer  in 2014.  (Signal Light Productions)

DL&W 663 at Streamliners at Spencer in 2014. (Signal Light Productions)

DL&W 663 poses alongside M&E 19 at  Railfest 2017 .  (Michael L. Kaplonski)

DL&W 663 poses alongside M&E 19 at Railfest 2017(Michael L. Kaplonski)


Would you, a family member, or friend like to sponsor an injector for 663? All contributions are tax deductible and will receive a letter of donation and an invitation to the 70th Anniversary of the F-3’s in 2018.


Injector donations, of $125.00, may be made online by clicking the "Donate" button. Other contributions, of any amount, may be made by clicking here.

Donations may also be made by check. Kindly make checks payable to Tri-State Railway Historical Society and note "Injector Campaign" in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to:

Tri-State Railway Historical Society
P. O. Box 1217
Morristown, NJ 07962

Please note that all PayPal donations are subject to PayPal fees. For every dollar you donate, Tri-State receives roughly $0.96. As an alternative, Tri-State accepts donations by check or other means. Please click here for more information.

Click here for the Injector Campaign flyer.

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