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EMD Roadswitchers (GPs and SDs) that have had their short hoods removed

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EMD Roadswitchers (GPs and SDs) that have had their short hoods removed
Posted by NWP SWP on Saturday, June 30, 2018 11:58 PM

I saw a picture a while ago of a Alco RS or RSD that had its short hood removed for better visibility in yard service, it was a PC unit, anyways I mentioned it to guy at the club a while back and I said how it'd be cool to see something like that on a EMD unit, he said that such a unit did exist I don't recall the model or railroad, he didn't have a picture of it, I've tried a few Google searches and no luck.

Anybody out there heard of a EMD locomotive that had its short hood removed for switcher service?

(Disclaimer: this is not another one of my "new flavor of the week" questions, I'm just curious if such a unit existed.)

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:58 AM

Lots of GP and SD9s were chopped.

Do a Google search for chop nosed emd gp9 and take a look.

https://tinyurl.com/yap8oya5

 some SD9s too:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2749812

There's plenty more but these immediately come to mind.

Google will help.

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Posted by NVSRR on Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:58 AM

I do believe tjat unit belonged to an upper midwest road. 

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Posted by jeffhergert on Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:17 AM

I think he's talking about the entire nose being removed.  I think most such modifications were done by new industrial owners after they were sold off by the railroads. ADM has some GP7/9 models where the entire nose is gone.  

www.railpictures.net/photo/563087?id=563087&showexif=1

To me, the GP30 models that have been converted to gensets look funny with the long hood cut down and modified.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/locoslides/25219042524 

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:59 AM

The D&RGW had an SD9 that got a chopped nose IIRC due to an accident and it was used as a yard switcher in Grande Junction Colorado for a number of years.

http://www.drgw.net/gallery/v/DRGWDieselContainer/SD9s/DRGW5305/drgw_5305_grandjunction_co_26_apr_1973_000.jpg.html

 

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Posted by willy6 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:14 AM

Every so often I go to Google maps and look for train yards. When I find one, I find the closest road and go to street view and I get to look at the yard. Some have good views and some don't. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at a NS locomotive facility in Pennsylvania (can't remember where) and it had some Geeps at the facility with the noses removed. I thought that was kind of odd.

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Posted by NWP SWP on Sunday, July 01, 2018 10:13 AM

What I am asking is units that have had their entire short hood removed for better visibility.

Like that adm unit.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:00 AM

I cannot speak for every EMD unit, but I am fairly certain that removing the short hood from a GP7 or GP9 would require a tremendous amount ot rework. There is equipment up there.

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I had a tiny bit of experience with old GP9s on the Seminole Gulf Railway in the early 1990s... TINY BIT.

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During a major repower/overhaul/conversion/rebuild it could happen, but it is not simply a matter of Fred the Engineer saying "I can't see well", and then Bill the Welder shows up with a cutting torch and says "I will fix that for you".

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Posted by trwroute on Sunday, July 01, 2018 12:01 PM

The only one that I can think of is Penn Central RS3 #9950.  It's short hood was removed when the loco was rebuilt and EMD powered.

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Posted by RailEagle on Sunday, July 08, 2018 8:14 AM

Yes. In Vernon Tx there are two Geeps that switch a couple of grain elevators. They are a GP7 and GP10 in one of the best  railroad paint schemes I have ever seen. Also they are both named, which is something you don’t very  see often.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/LocoPicture.aspx?id=81256

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoList.aspx?id=BCQ

 

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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, July 08, 2018 3:53 PM

 Is that a sliding patio door on the fireman's side of that ADM unit Jeff posted? Laugh

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