• 1952 Electric locomotives for GN

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Discussion related to BNSF operations. Official site: BNSF.COM

Moderator: Komachi

  by Allen Hazen
In 1952, the Pennsylvania Railroad took delivery of some modernized technology electric locomotives. The PRR classified them as E2b; they looked a bit like Alco FA diesels (whose carbody, after all, had been designed by a GE industrial designer). Two similar units were sent to demonstrate on the Great Northern, which apparently felt it didn't really need more electric locomotives for its short Cascade Tunnel electric district and sold them to the PRR.

Does anyone here have any information about detail differences between the units delivered to the PRR and the two sent to the Great Northern? In particular: on the PRR, these locomotives had rheostatic (dynamic) brakes, but earier Great Northern electrics had regenerative braking. Since GN's fixed plant (substations, etc) were set up up to allow for regenerative braking, did GE install regenerative braking equipment on the two locomotives set to the GN?
  by Allen Hazen
Moderator: please delete this post if you want. I meant to put it on the "Fallen Flags" BN forum and put it here by mistake. I will repost it there.