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Narrow Gauge Diesels?

  • I recently read that East Broad Top considered dieselizing at one time with GE locomotives. What might they have looked like if they were built? My opinion is that the shovel-nose design is probable.

    Similarly, what would have D&RGW have purchased if they chose to dieselize their narrow gauge lines instead of abandoning them?
    The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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  • I'm thinking 70-tonners. EBT shut down in '56, and the shovel noses like the ones on White Pass and Yukon weren't built until the early '60's.

    IIRC, D&RG had a small diesel switcher for a time, it's now at the Colorado RR Museum in Golden.[8D]
  • George Town Loop RR has 2 narow gauge diesels ( looks like GE 70 tonners) . If you check their web sight , might have pix. From what was told they are from the hawaian islands. c west kcmo
  • The EBT considered diesels twice, the first time in 1953 when GE proposed four 80 ton units for the narrow gauge and one standard gauge 80 tonner for a switcher in it's Mount Union yards, and the second time in 1955 when GE proposed a pair of 65 ton center cab narrow gauge locos for the mainline and a single standard gauge 35 tonner for Mount Union switching duties. The railroad instead chose to close in 1956, and the rest is history. It's interesting to speculate what form the motive power might have taken. M-7, btw, is a center cab that might be similar to what GE proposed in 55.