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Milwaukee Road's Frankenlocomotives
Posted by BEAUSABRE on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 1:35 AM
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Posted by SD70Dude on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 2:38 AM

Rock Island had a DL-109 rebuilt in a different fashion, same cab but all EMD under the hood.  The roof got an elongated hump to accomodate the EMD cooling systems.

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/402547/

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 10:07 AM

As is fairly well known, there was a re-powering boomlet in the mid to late 1950's duirng which several roads attempted to reduce costs by dropping EMD engines into primarily Baldwin and Alco locomotives.  The appearances of these re-powerings could be interesting, to put it mildly.  EMD hoods on Baldwin and Alco roadswitchers were rather common.

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=491169

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2198092

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5663703

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5653546

And an SW1500 repowered for natural gas

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=5283966

 

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Posted by Backshop on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:36 PM

My favorite--URR Buffalo.

URR 614 (rrpicturearchives.net)

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 1:52 PM
The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Backshop on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 3:27 PM

I never saw a centercab and regret it.

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Posted by Leo_Ames on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:07 PM

If we're talking unusual looking repowers, let's not forget Rock Island's Alco FA's that had been "EMD-ized" with EMD 567's in the 1950's at La Grange.

While that in itself wasn't unusual or particularly noteworthy, 13 of those repowers then later on got trucks from retired EMD FT's in the mid 1960's. They were retiring the FT's and wanted the FA trucks and motors for 13 new GE's, but didn't want to retire the repowered FA's that had been rebuilt just a few years earlier.

So the solution was to reshoe the FA's with the FT's Blomberg trucks and send the FA's trucks to Erie to go under the Rock's 2nd order of U25B's, resulting in a very unusual looking Alco.

https://www.railpictures.net/photo/789310/

It's difficult to tell for due to shadows in the linked photo, but some including this unit were further mongrelized by removing the distinctive headlight casing grille.

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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Friday, July 1, 2022 4:07 AM

Backshop
I never saw a centercab and regret it.

I saw one centercab (on Altoona's deadline) and have regretted it or the rest of my life, there are somethings you just can't unsee

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