Classic Train Questions Part Deux (50 Years or Older)

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:34 PM

rcdrye-- who were the 2 competitors who used Maroon in the Diesel era? Rock Island? Soo didn't go to Omaha did they? 

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Posted by rcdrye on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:43 PM

Rock Island and Chicago Great Western - CGW's trains were the "Twin Cities Limited" and "Nebraska Limited".  Rock Island was the first to drop through service (you could still change in Des Moines).

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:49 PM

CGW of course! Duh. I'm getting old. Thanks.

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, August 06, 2018 3:16 AM

Had a nice steam loco question but I can't find the darn picture which I need to ask the question. It is late, I have had a very trying 48 hours despite Friday being a banner day and everything went right, but since then it has been awful. So against my normal way of thinking I'm going to ask a Diesel question ( good grief, this hurts).

CPR largest Diesel order was for 200 GP9's, which stood as its largest order until the SD40's came along. The very very last one built #8839 was just a bit different in spec's from all the others and the only one built that way out of the 200. What was the difference.

8839 last of 200 GP9's... unique 

 

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Posted by rcdrye on Monday, August 06, 2018 6:32 AM

CPR 8839 was really sort of a GP18, with a 567D engine.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, August 06, 2018 9:29 AM

Talking about not thinking "out of the box," I simply forgot that lomotives are painted too, and kept racking my brain about passenger equipment painted maroon!    How dumb!

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, August 06, 2018 3:59 PM

You have company with that thought Dave, I did the exact same thing.

rcdrye--- Right you are. Instead of a 567C 1750hp it was buit with a 567D and rated at 1800hp.

Not only that but it is still in service today!

NPR 1695 first day traffic received. November 1, 2017

Maybe this should have been the question instead. (What happened to it?)

Damn Mikado killers. 

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Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 12:34 AM

There's something familiar about that logo...

The original Alberta Midland Railway was a subsiduary that Canadian Northern used to construct branchlines in central Alberta during the early 1900s:

http://railways.library.ualberta.ca/Chapters-8-4/

S.I. Smith (second from the right in the photo) is a key member of the Canadian Northern Society, which does historical outreach & education and has restored several stations.  He chose the AMRT's name and logo. 

http://canadiannorthern.ca/

http://albertamidlandrail.com/

They have also since aquired a ex-CP SD40-2 to help accomodate their growing business.

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

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Posted by rcdrye on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 6:56 AM

EMD/GMD's unwillingness to do much more than tweak the basic GP7/GP9 formula is pretty interesting.  It took UP's turbo program and GE's agressive entry with the U25B to push EMD over the edge.

This railroad re-engined mainline freight locomotives of one brand with new engine from a second manufacturer, and then turned around and re-used the surplus engines in switchers made by the second manufacturer.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, August 10, 2018 10:21 AM

The railroad is the Rock Island.  It repowered some FA1/FB1's with 567 engines and used the 244 engines in some NW1's, which wound up looking like maroon piano crates.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by rcdrye on Friday, August 10, 2018 6:44 PM

The FA1's didn't look too bad (not like, say the DL109 621 "Christine") - Silvis shops kept the original Alco-GE cooling system.  The NW1s needed space for new engine mounts and the turbo on the 244 engines so the hood got boxed out a lot.

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Posted by rcdrye on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 7:21 PM

Paul (CSSHEGEWICH), you are up!

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