What Is Your Favorite Diesel Locomotive

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Chessie6459, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Nice shot of the Areotrain CN1! Here I found it up close and personal at the Green Bay National Railrod Museum.

    Great pic of the Soo switchers Rich! Lots of neat photos in this thread!!
    Ralph

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  2. trainworm

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    my favorite is kinda a tie between the SD90MAC-H and the C60AC. they both have a mean look about them. like they were built to pull down a mountain. second would be the E9. those are just plain beautiful locomotives. and next would be the GP60. it has that utilitarian, military like no nonsense look to it.
  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Ralph
    Nice shot of the areotrain. I have to agree also nice shot of the switchers!!!
  4. Raildog

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    My first Santa Fe Image taken at Fort Madison, IA June 22, 1986. I have loved GP30s ever since.

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  5. Raildog

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    Burlington E5s and E6s were magical machines for a young boy who got the chance to get to LaGrange IL and watch the Burlingtons passenger train racetrack.

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  6. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Great photo's you have there.
  7. SundayNiagara

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    I like most early diesels and the FP45. How about an Alco RSD-15? Boy do we need one in N Scale. Even better, how about one in ATSF Zebra stripes. I was unable to find a picture.
    Mark
  8. Raildog

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    It's very hard to pick a favorite, especially when there are so many cool ones to choose from!

    Here is a shot taken at Corwith yard in Chicago 1987 I believe.[​IMG]
  9. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Raildog
    Is that a FP40 or a FP45?
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  11. Raildog

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    This #100 and sister #101 were the first units repainted in the classic WarBonnet scheme under the direction of ATSF president Mike Haverty. These were both FP45's. I'm not sure of their original numbers.

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  12. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    That is a nice looking locomotive.
  13. Raildog

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    LiveSteamer, thanks for the nice compliments. I can't take credit for the E-5 picture. I found it on the CB&Q historical society site. My apologies for not crediting them.

    After doing a little research, I found out that the #100 pictured was originally #100, then 5940, 5990, 100 (as pictured) and later #90. I'm not sure if she still survives. The #101 pictured was originally #102, then 5942, 5992, then 101 (as pictured) and later #92. Not sure of her fate either.

    These engines were made to wear bold schemes! I also love them in Kodachrome... I know I have a few pictures of those somewhere...

    Speaking of Kodachrome. Some of the first units so painted, head west at McCook, Illinois. A hint that something special was coming by that day was a rare appearance by Joe McMillan at trackside.

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    Raildog,
    You are welcome for the compliments. That picture you have right there is from when talks were going on between the Santa Fe and The Southern Pacific right? Do you know why the merger did not go through?
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    ICC said no. The two lines started painting when they were so sure the merger would go through that the government turning them down caught them completely off guard. The plan was to label all motive power S.P.S.F. so the S.P. units had the Kodachrome scheme with just the S.P. while the S.F. units had just the S.F. After the merger was turned down, wags called the scheme "Shouldn't Paint So Fast." Many people blame the U. P. for influencing the ICC, but I wonder if it just wasn't governemnt employees telling the two companies not to take them for granted.
  16. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Thanks for the information!
  17. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Ralph,
    Here are some pictures of Penn Central F Units.

    721
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  18. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    WHOOOO-HOOOO!!!!! Glad I checked back in!!!! :thumb:
    Love those beauties!!!
    Thanks!!!!!!!!
    Ralph
    PS.What road was 721 originally?
  19. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

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    Ralph,
    From what i have researched on that locomotive this is what i found, 721 was a former DRGW 5721.
  20. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Oh sure! The colors are right. Time to give it the basic black in the shop! :)
    Ralph