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New York Central Train Masters?

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Posted by wjstix on Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:11 AM

BigJim
 
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I can't find any information about that record...

I have a dumb, but serious question: how do you distinguish a TrainMaster by ear from a CPA24-5?  Wheel sound over rail joints or frogs?

 

Very sorry, my mistake. The CD is "Living With Steam" by John Prophet.

I have no idea what a CPA24-5 is, but, you can tell it is a Trainmaster by reading the liner notes.   On other recordings, a Trainmaster sounds like an airplane to me!

 

 
Most likely the train had one or more of NYC's H-16-44 hood diesels. After the H-24-66 TrainMaster was introduced in 1953, FM changed their H-16-66 and H-16-44 diesels to use the same hood sections, cab, walkway parts etc. as the TrainMaster - easier to build engines when they use a lot of interchangeable parts. I've seen even otherwise knowledgeable railfan magazines mix-up FM hood diesels in their captions / articles, since they were so similar in appearance.
 
Diesel locomotive identification in the transition era was pretty unreliable / incomplete. A picture of a GP-9 might just describe it as a "1500 HP GM diesel". Most likely whoever was taking notes for the recording saw an FM hood diesel and wrote down "TrainMaster" and it ended up in the liner notes.
Stix

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