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Posted by JDawg on Friday, July 22, 2022 3:45 PM

I mentaly picture the GP 7 and the Gp 35. Now you!

Big Smile

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Posted by csxns on Friday, July 22, 2022 4:25 PM

I say GP38-2.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Friday, July 22, 2022 5:38 PM

38-2

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Posted by Attuvian1 on Friday, July 22, 2022 5:51 PM

9

(but all the while I'm thinking of its bigger SD brother)

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Friday, July 22, 2022 6:39 PM

GP9, of course - the most produced GP in history "EMD constructed 3,626 GP9s, including 165 GP9Bs.[3][4] An additional 646 GP9s were built by General Motors Diesel, EMD's Canadian subsidiary, for a total of 4,257 GP9s produced when Canadian production ended in 1963" And don't forget the little known GP3...I have one running on my layout in PRR colors

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Posted by Enzoamps on Friday, July 22, 2022 11:28 PM

GP7 or GP9.

And a special place for the passenger Geeps - Torpedo Boats.

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Posted by nealknows on Saturday, July 23, 2022 2:16 AM

38-2 or 40

Now if Atlas or Athearn did a GP38-3 I would be very happy!

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Posted by FRRYKid on Saturday, July 23, 2022 3:27 AM

As my primary, it would have to be GP20.

However...

Enzoamps

And a special place for the passenger Geeps - Torpedo Boats.

As a secondary I would agree with you. (I have a pair for my model railroad.)

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:06 AM

Because I model 1954, GP-7's and GP-9's. The rest don't exist in my world.

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:38 AM

Sorry, I know the spelling isn't right, but I have to say Willys! (but GP 7s and 9s are a close second!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaugh)

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Posted by SSW9389 on Saturday, July 23, 2022 7:00 AM

BEAUSABRE

GP9, of course - the most produced GP in history "EMD constructed 3,626 GP9s, including 165 GP9Bs.[3][4] An additional 646 GP9s were built by General Motors Diesel, EMD's Canadian subsidiary, for a total of 4,257 GP9s produced when Canadian production ended in 1963" And don't forget the little known GP3...I have one running on my layout in PRR colors

 

EMD produced at least 4,272 GP9s because the source used in that Wiki article didn't include the 15 GP9s exported to South America. My apologies to Dr. Louis Marre for a mostly otherwise excellent North American reference . . . 
 
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Posted by hardcoalcase on Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:17 AM

JDawg

I mentaly picture the GP 7 and the Gp 35. Now you!

Big Smile  

Not on my layout! 

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:23 AM

My first HO engine was a Milwaukee GP9.  I run 4 of them now, although that first one, an Athearn belt-drive, is just a sound dummy.

I have 1 GP9M, a Walthers Trainline model that was quite a bargain, although I had to add a decoder and even a rear headlight.  These engines were produced from older original GP9s by making the nose end chopped for better visibility.  I looked up my engine number in the Milwaukee roster and found the engine number it was made from.  I repainted and redecaled my old dummy engine to be that now-gone locomotive, and I typically run the two as a consist.  The Trainline model, incidentally, has the old oversized dimensions of my original Athearns, not the more correct hood width of something like my P2K geeps.

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Posted by dknelson on Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:38 PM

If someone says (or writes) "it was a short train, just one Geep and three cars," or "the grain elevator's own locomotive is a Geep," or "with 18" radius curves you have to be satisfied with running Geeps" ----- if I see or hear things like that I think GP7 or GP9.  I would not think GP60 or GP38-2.

Now,  GP18s or GP20s -- I wouldn't assume those but I'd nod OK if told that is what the other person was referring to.  Once you are beyond GP20 I think of the actual locomotive designation rather than the word Geep.

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Posted by ndbprr on Saturday, July 23, 2022 12:44 PM

GP30 for me.  The only one with some style.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, July 23, 2022 1:35 PM

As a kid, growing-up in Hamilton, Ontario, I saw my first GMD TH&B GP-7 in 1950, not realising that it was the death knell for steam, especially the road's two Berkshires, the only ones in Canada.
In 1954, 3 GP-9s arrived, intended for passenger service.  The 7s were freight locos, usually operating short-hood first, while the 9s, passenger locos, ran long-hood forward. 
When passenger service began to decline, the 9s became freight locos, while two RDCs took over the remaining passenger runs (I had a very entertaining ride on the RDCs, near the end of their service).

I later decided that I wanted a couple of TH&B geeps for my layout, but as far as I was aware, there was nobody producing them in HO scale.
I set out to make my own, using Athearn geeps, and many self-taken photos of the real ones, to make sure that my models would be accurately represented.

At that time, Floquil had recently release their new Polly S paint, so I decided to try it, mixing various colours until I had dead-on matches for both the maroon and cream colours used on the prototype - the swatch of paint, applied with a brush onto coloured photos of the real diesels, was indiscernable, unless the photo was held at an angle under good lighting.
I brush painted the two locos, using both colours in-turn, along with masking tape, and using C-D-S dry transfers as masking devices for the contrasting colours.  Multiple applications of paint were required.  At that time, there were no dry transfers available for the TH&B logo on the cabs, so I did them freehand, using a brush.
When the locos were done, I was pleased with the results, but wanted to see what  the guy at the hobbyshop thought of them.
He did seem pretty enthusiastic, and asked if I would mind if he used them for a week or two as display models. 
I was a little hesitant, but okayed it, as long as the locos were not handled by the customers.

A couple weeks later, and a bit anxious about my locos, I returned to the shop to pick them up.  As I was placing them carefully into their box, the sales guy ducked under the counter and came back up with a dozen boxed, and undecorated GP-9s. 
"Could-ja do these?  You could make some pretty-good dough!"

If I had been aware of what custom painters charged, I probably could have retired young.  Anyway, this procedure continued to repeat, and I was finally talked-into buying an airbrush to allow speedier results.  I quickly learned that it wasn't very much faster than brush-painting, but I did eventually learn how to use it properly, and nowadays, prefer airbrushing (in most cases) over brushwork.

I went on to produce a total of 15 HO TH&B switchers (NW-2s and SW-9s), one in brass and another in N scale, and 25 GP-7s, and 26 GP-9s...

...and was relieved when both Atlas and Proto-2000 released their versions of TH&B diesels. 

I also did several hundred freight and passenger cars (mostly kits) for both myself and a couple other hobby shops, and then later, not only for myself, but also for friends.
I actually was unaware of doing so much work for others until I glanced though a journal where I had recorded much of that activity. 

I still do model work for friends, but not for money...I was appalled when I learned what some professional painters were charging...for me, a satisfied owner was reward enough.

Here's my two original TH&B geeps...

...and a couple of on-layout views...

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Saturday, July 23, 2022 1:41 PM

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Ugly as a blind date

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, July 23, 2022 2:05 PM

ndbprr

GP30 for me.  The only one with some style.

BEAUSABRE
Ugly as a blind date

I agree...they always reminded me of the '58 Chevy, though.

JDawg

When I say Geep, you say…

I say Sweep...

...which referred to locos like 1364 (an SW1200RS) at above left, which were converted to locos like 7104, which kept the SW1200RS cab, but replaced the locos' hood with one from a Geep.

The SW1200RS is my favourite GMD diesel, while the "Sweep" is as ugly as a mud fence.

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Posted by Lazers on Saturday, July 23, 2022 4:43 PM

GP38-2, Late series, no DB, Paper Air Filters + a Plough

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Posted by josephbw on Saturday, July 23, 2022 5:04 PM

GP 30 - My favorite also. Big Smile

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Posted by maxman on Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:55 PM

See the source image

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Posted by OldEngineman on Saturday, July 23, 2022 9:44 PM

The best GPs were the GP38 and GP40 series -- smooth, reliable horses for the working railroader. I seldom (ever?) encountered one that wasn't a pleasure to be on.

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Posted by angelob6660 on Saturday, July 23, 2022 10:38 PM

My mind goes with the GP7/9 locomotives. Although I love the GP38-2 and GP60 that my mind doesn't recognize it as a geep.

All the years of railroading brainwashing called the GP7/9 version as the official geep locomotive.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Saturday, July 23, 2022 11:14 PM

doctorwayne

 

 
ndbprr

GP30 for me.  The only one with some style.

 

 

 
BEAUSABRE
Ugly as a blind date

 

I agree...they always reminded me of the '58 Chevy.

 

 
JDawg

When I say Geep, you say…

 

 

I say Sweep...

...which referred to locos like 1364 (an SW1200RS) at above left, which were converted to locos like 7104, which kept the SW1200RS cab, but replaced the locos' hood with one from a Geep.

The SW1200RS is my favourite GMD diesel, while the "Sweep" is as ugly as a mud fence.

Wayne

 

Well beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. 

To my eyes, a GP30 is ugly, a GP7 or GP9 has the simple functional beauty of utility.

The 1958 Chevy on the other hand is the most beautiful car GM ever built.

But then again, when it comes to automobiles, I like these as well:

While beautiful, the 1958 Chevy was no where near as practical as the Checker was. 

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Posted by gmpullman on Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:11 AM

 NKP_479_RockyRiver by Edmund, on Flickr

 NYC_GP7_5660-5656 by Edmund, on Flickr

 9/74, EL GP7 1401 by OHFalcon72, on Flickr

 

Works for me —

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Posted by zugmann on Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:49 AM

OldEngineman
I seldom (ever?) encountered one that wasn't a pleasure to be on.

I've had a few.  But that's due to maintenance (or lack thereof).   And rebuilt ones always seem to lose some of their pulling power. 

I'm a sucker for anything with gauges over computer screens, and none of that electronic airbrake crap, please.  I mostly use 38-2s, so that's what I think of geep. 

 

 

 

  

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Posted by doctorwayne on Sunday, July 24, 2022 3:52 PM

ATLANTIC CENTRAL
...The 1958 Chevy on the other hand is the most beautiful car GM ever built....

My intention wasn't to denigrate the '58 Chevy (two of my uncles bought them that year), but I mentioned them simply because they remind me of the GP30, just as the GP30 reminds me of those Chevys.  I did like the look of the Chevs, but not that diesel.

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Posted by wrench567 on Sunday, July 24, 2022 4:37 PM

  I think of the four wheel army vehicle of WW2 vintage. To me it's the true geep. Then the little Popey character.

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Posted by Enzoamps on Sunday, July 24, 2022 5:46 PM

I may be weird, but GP30 makes me think of Scott Caan.

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Posted by DrW on Sunday, July 24, 2022 6:07 PM

ATLANTIC CENTRAL

 

To my eyes, a GP30 is ugly, a GP7 or GP9 has the simple functional beauty of utility.

Sheldon

 

Especially if it is not tarted up with a fancy paint scheme. My favorite: a Santa Fe GP7A/B pair in black with zebra stripes.

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