D & H's 3 SD45s

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D & H's 3 SD45s
Posted by Ulrich on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 6:40 PM

My understanding is that D&H bought three EMD SD45 demonstrators at a discounted price because  the railroad tested them and liked what they saw. My question is why would they have traded them in for three U33Cs? The U Boats were notorious for being problematic..I know the big EMDs had their own issues.. but even the 45s were generally more reliable than the U boats.. or no? 

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Posted by NorthWest on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 7:27 PM

Parts supply and simplicity- at the time, the D&H really didn't have any other EMDs, so it was easier to trade it for GEs similar to those in the fleet rather than keep three oddball units around.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 7:00 AM

In that time period it was hard to envision EMD's as the oddballs on a roster.

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Posted by oltmannd on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 7:24 AM

CSSHEGEWISCH

In that time period it was hard to envision EMD's as the oddballs on a roster.

 

The D&H was plenty odd-ball, and completely broke at that time.

 

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Posted by Shadow the Cats owner on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 12:13 PM

You need to remember this about the D&H at this time they rebuilt 4 PA1's for their passenger service to save money. They preferred Alco over EMD and when Alco left the US market they switched over to GE.

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Posted by oltmannd on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:49 PM

...and a couple Baldwin Sharks that wouldn't MU with anything but each other.  

 

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Posted by Shadow the Cats owner on Thursday, September 07, 2017 11:25 AM

From what I have heard from my husbands railfan and model railroad fans their Nickname for the time was the Discarded and Handme Down railroad when it came to motive power.  

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