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FEC and E8s

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FEC and E8s
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 5:47 PM
I'm new to railroad modeling and I've become intrigued with the FEC.

MY question concerns Life Like and others offering E8 locomotives with the FEC paint scheme, but according to the diesel roster in Speedway to Sunshine the FEC had no E8s. Furthermore the engine numbers sold as E8 models were actually E9As.

Can someone explain this? Are E8s and E9As two nomenclatures for the same engine?

Thanks!
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FEC and E8s
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 5:47 PM
I'm new to railroad modeling and I've become intrigued with the FEC.

MY question concerns Life Like and others offering E8 locomotives with the FEC paint scheme, but according to the diesel roster in Speedway to Sunshine the FEC had no E8s. Furthermore the engine numbers sold as E8 models were actually E9As.

Can someone explain this? Are E8s and E9As two nomenclatures for the same engine?

Thanks!
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 10:31 PM
According to the book "A Field Guide to Trains", by Gerald Foster, the only difference between the E8 and the E9 was in the headlight glass. It was recessed on the E8 and flush with the body on the E9. The only other difference would be if the locomotives had been altered by their road. For instance, a particular road might have modified their E9s to have recessed headlight glass. Does it make it an E8? No, since it's registered as an E9, that's what it will always be.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, July 26, 2003 10:31 PM
According to the book "A Field Guide to Trains", by Gerald Foster, the only difference between the E8 and the E9 was in the headlight glass. It was recessed on the E8 and flush with the body on the E9. The only other difference would be if the locomotives had been altered by their road. For instance, a particular road might have modified their E9s to have recessed headlight glass. Does it make it an E8? No, since it's registered as an E9, that's what it will always be.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, July 27, 2003 5:41 PM
joekc6nlx, thanks for your reply. I know you can't speak for LifeLike, but in spite of the minor difference, why would they design it as or call an E8, when the engine really is an E9?

Thanks again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, July 27, 2003 5:41 PM
joekc6nlx, thanks for your reply. I know you can't speak for LifeLike, but in spite of the minor difference, why would they design it as or call an E8, when the engine really is an E9?

Thanks again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:16 PM
The carbody's identical, apart from the headlight. The real difference between the E8 and E9 was internal (Horsepower), so one model covers both prototypes, and IIRC the E8 was the more popular of the two models.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 1:16 PM
The carbody's identical, apart from the headlight. The real difference between the E8 and E9 was internal (Horsepower), so one model covers both prototypes, and IIRC the E8 was the more popular of the two models.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 7:43 PM
Thanks, mykroft. joekc6nlx, too.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 7:43 PM
Thanks, mykroft. joekc6nlx, too.

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