New industrial switcher build in Canada

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New industrial switcher build in Canada

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Based on a SD truck.
http://www.okthepk.ca/news/apr3railway2014040701.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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Thanks for posting that link!!!
Comments:
(1) So, does attaining 35% adhesion need some pretty sophisticated control electronics?
(2) I want to see an article in "Model Railroader" or "Railroad Model Craftsman" explaining how to kit bash an HO model of this critter before the end of the year!

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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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The company website: http://members.shaw.ca/tractivepower/in ... age_id=110" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And, their brochure (PDF): http://members.shaw.ca/tractivepower/br ... 0401_A.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sounds like a lot of money to spend for what you get, but it's certainly a clever idea.

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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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And it's cute as heck! LOL

Did anyone else notice that the end of the critter's long hood is nearly identical to the nose of CSX's SD40-3 rebuilds?

Compare:

Critter nose: http://members.shaw.ca/tractivepower/Ma ... mage_1.png" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

CSX nose: http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/pictur ... ainted.JPG" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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I'm pretty sure that is the new company founded by Frank Donnely, who founded Railpower and designed the Green Goat and Genset models.
He holds a patent for reusing SD series locomotive components to build industrial "critters":
http://www.google.com/patents/US8561545" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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This could be a good way to reuse old C30-7 trucks, and their reliable GE traction motors.
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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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Probably not the exact unit shown in the earlier photos (text says that three of this tip have been built) but a similar critter seems to have found a home:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=565695" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
One of two on something called "Curry Rail Services," based at the ex-PRR Samuel Rea carhops in Hollidaysburg PA. This one has a 400hp, Tier-4 compliant, Caterpillar engine.

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Re: New industrial switcher build in Canada

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same engine build under licence
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