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Posted by Randy Stahl on Saturday, June 23, 2007 2:54 PM
 BigJim wrote:

Big Jim has cleaned and polished a few intake grills !

Yep! I'm a real "dirt magnet". I never did understand how the RR's could call an engine safe when you had to side step back to a trailing unit to reset a fault! I also wonder why it took GE so long to fix the walkway, grills and step problems???

How many of you have ripped your clothes on those studs protruding from the car body?

Those tear away safety vest aren't exactly easy to tear away , especially when you get them snagged on those protruding studs on the walkway. Many times I left the remains of those tearaway safety vests stuck tight to the radiator intakes (to stay until the engine shuts down).

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Posted by J. Edgar on Saturday, June 23, 2007 12:15 PM
as new hire i had a plant leg rip on a u18b in MoW service on CSX.....next trip i had bought 2 dozen plant leg elastics never had that happen again ....i hated the narrow steps even on newer units such as the dash 7's and 8's
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Posted by BigJim on Saturday, June 23, 2007 7:52 AM

Big Jim has cleaned and polished a few intake grills !

Yep! I'm a real "dirt magnet". I never did understand how the RR's could call an engine safe when you had to side step back to a trailing unit to reset a fault! I also wonder why it took GE so long to fix the walkway, grills and step problems???

How many of you have ripped your clothes on those studs protruding from the car body?

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Posted by nbrodar on Friday, June 22, 2007 7:25 PM

Ah yes.  I'm well acquainted with the infamous GE knee knocker ladders.  Remember those tiny cab doors?  And that funny "GE" smell?

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Posted by Randy Stahl on Friday, June 22, 2007 6:07 PM

There's a reason he's called big Jim ... GE walkways are a challenge unless you are less than 16"wide. Especially around the radiator section , I'll bet like many of us , Big Jim has cleaned and polished a few intake grills !

ps. Try doing it when the engine is in run 8 !!!

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Posted by magicman710 on Friday, June 22, 2007 10:31 AM

In fact i did, a LONG time ago. I got in #1004, the only low-nose u23b Georgia Central has, and i dont remeber anything wrong with the walkways.

 

 

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Posted by BigJim on Thursday, June 21, 2007 7:43 PM

and if there were any flaws to this engine?

Yeah, it's a GE. Have you ever tried getting up on to one of these or tried to walk around the walkway? That's just for starters.


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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Thursday, June 21, 2007 10:10 AM
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12 cylinder, or 16 cylinder?

I know they were all 7FDL variants.

U23B's, U23C's and B23-7's all had 7FDL12's, the U50C had two 7FDL12's.

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Posted by silicon212 on Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:08 AM

12 cylinder, or 16 cylinder?

I know they were all 7FDL variants.

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Posted by beaulieu on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 11:15 PM
 magicman710 wrote:

Does anybody know what kind of horn the u23b used? Also, does anybody know the hores power rating and if there were any flaws to this engine?

Just wanted to know some more about them since i live in georgia, and the Georgia Central uses alot of them (8 to be exact, all hi-nose except one).

The horsepower rating is 2250hp. The engine is the same 12 cylinder version of the engine that powered all GE locomotives until the new GEVO engine debuted. As for horns they could be just about anything.

 

 

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U23b question
Posted by magicman710 on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:16 PM

Does anybody know what kind of horn the u23b used? Also, does anybody know the hores power rating and if there were any flaws to this engine?

Just wanted to know some more about them since i live in georgia, and the Georgia Central uses alot of them (8 to be exact, all hi-nose except one).

 

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