New York Central Engine No. 25

There are all kinds of small parks and curiosities along New York City’s West Side Greenway.  One section of Riverside Park South is the home of New York Central locomotive No. 25, a freight engine built in 1946.

There’s just one cyclops-like head lamp in the front, and no “cow-catcher”, possibly because a working freight engine needed to switch from pulling to pushing on a whim.

It’s possible to walk around one side, and peer into the very spare engineer’s compartment, but glare from the glass makes it difficult to get good pictures. Still, it’s great fun to be able to get up close and personal with this marvelous beast.

Nintey-five tons of hard-working steel, now installed in a park so that train-lovers can oogle to their hearts’ content.

Which we did.