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by obsessed railfan
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Quakertown and Eastern Railroad
Replies: 11
Views: 7147

Re: Quakertown and Eastern Railroad

The article is brimming with optimism about many potential rail customers in this sparsely populated area, but looking back today, it is clear that Buckland's purchase of the railroad was basically just a vehicle for his National Slag Company operations. His company started a large slag crushing ope...
by obsessed railfan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Lehigh Valley Railroad
Topic: Lehigh Valley's GP9s
Replies: 13
Views: 11208

Re: Lehigh Valley's GP9s

charlie6017 wrote:CMO Chuck Turner considered the GP-9s (300, 301) and the GP-18s (302-305) to be the same and eventually
had the GP-18s de-rated to be even more similar to the GP-9s
Reviving an old topic here, but found this very interesting. Any idea what year the GP18's were de-rated?
by obsessed railfan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: General Electric
Topic: Were GE's Throw Away's ?
Replies: 65
Views: 22292

Re: Were GE's Throw Away's ?

Earlier in this thread I speculated that a major contributor for the premature demise of the early domestic Universals was lack of proper maintenance, and I also mentioned a positive comment from a former railroader who had good things to say about his railroad's early GE's. I'd like to briefly quot...
by obsessed railfan
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Lehigh Valley Railroad
Topic: GE U25C demo on the Lehigh Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 2351

Re: GE U25C demo on the Lehigh Valley

Thanks Charlie, I appreciate your reply!
by obsessed railfan
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Lehigh Valley Railroad
Topic: GE U25C demo on the Lehigh Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 2351

GE U25C demo on the Lehigh Valley

I've seen a reference to a GE U25C demonstrator that operated on the LV in May 1965. Does anyone know about this event, which unit was demonstrated and for how long/along which lines? Not being aware of any GE U25C demonstrators, I'm going to assume this was possibly a parent PRR U25C that they sent...
by obsessed railfan
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Locomotive sanders removed
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Locomotive sanders removed

Does anyone know a specific reason why most older locomotives that were originally built with 8 sanders now have their additional trailing sanders removed? Is it purely a maintenance/expense issue that older locomotives in local and secondary service don't require 8 sanders or is there another reaso...
by obsessed railfan
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: General Electric
Topic: Any true 6000hp AC6000CW locomotives left?
Replies: 8
Views: 3087

Re: Any true 6000hp AC6000CW locomotives left?

The HXN5 are increasingly used in certain areas that were formerly dominated by the ND5 (GE C36-7). Many ND5 have now been retired and scrapped, but quite a few still remain in service and some are also preserved in railway museums.
by obsessed railfan
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: General Electric
Topic: Were GE's Throw Away's ?
Replies: 65
Views: 22292

Re: Were GE's Throw Away's ?

On another website, a former D&H brakeman in the early 1970s commented that their GE's were well liked by their engineers. A fairly large, well maintained GE fleet equals generally positive comments. On the other hand, I'd be curious to hear a comment from an engineer on a predominantly EMD road whe...
by obsessed railfan
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: General Electric
Topic: Were GE's Throw Away's ?
Replies: 65
Views: 22292

Re: Were GE's Throw Away's ?

I totally agree with you Allen, that GE's strategy was different regarding export customers. But as a GE fan, I just wanted to point out that 1963 built U13B, for example, are still operating today. Most other railfans couldn't imagine a U25B from the same era still in active service today! I also a...
by obsessed railfan
Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: General Electric
Topic: Were GE's Throw Away's ?
Replies: 65
Views: 22292

Re: Were GE's Throw Away's ?

Modern railfans and historians can endlessly wonder and debate the factors that contributed to the demise of early domestic GE units. One potential cause that is not mentioned often is lack of proper maintenance. In the 1960s, most mechanics were only familiar with Alco and EMD and lacked proper tra...
by obsessed railfan
Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: General Electric
Topic: General Electric U-Series Manufacturer Data
Replies: 21
Views: 6883

Re: General Electric U-Series Manufacturer Data

Typewriters wrote:The A variant of the manual is unknown, but the GEJ-3856B variant published beginning in 1972 is quite common.
The A variant from 1969 was edited to include the U36 model. Additionally, the 1973 C variant was edited to include the U18B.
by obsessed railfan
Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General Electric
Topic: What's next for GE and Erie?
Replies: 83
Views: 32737

Re: What's next for GE and Erie?

The GP38-2 is the former NS 5094 which was bought by GE reportedly for use as the shop switcher at Erie Building 60.
by obsessed railfan
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: General Electric
Topic: General Electric U-Series Manufacturer Data
Replies: 21
Views: 6883

Re: General Electric U-Series Manufacturer Data

These had KC92H (right-hand drive) or KC92J (left-hand drive) control stands. Although some later exports were fitted with newer controller types, the KC92 seems to have been used through the 1970s at least. I often wonder if the early domestic Universals would have been more popular with crews if ...
by obsessed railfan
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Reading Company
Topic: GE U25B tests on the Reading
Replies: 0
Views: 1984

GE U25B tests on the Reading

The Reading Company Technical & Historical Society's web site briefly mentions that the Reading tested the GE U25B in 1962. Does anyone know which GE U25B road numbers demonstrated and on which lines and for how long? Thanks
by obsessed railfan
Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: EMD - Electro-Motive
Topic: GP-35"s
Replies: 32
Views: 16274

Re: GP-35"s

It also appears most EMD export locomotives in 1966/1967 were built with the 567E in the 645 block. Most late G12s built in 1966 and 1967 are listed as having the 12-567E, as well as the 8-567E used in the GA8. And interestingly, EMD lists the first G22s built in 1967 for South Korea as having the 1...

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