• C32-8

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Discussion of General Electric locomotive technology. Current official information can be found here: www.getransportation.com.

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  by TerryC
 
I found out from the topic Dash 7 questions in the CSXT forum that there is only one C32-8 that escaped meltdown and it is working at a quarry in Georgia. Where can I find all the info on this lone C32-8 and photos of it in service?

http://trainiaxindex.cjb.net/
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=65507
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=65271
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=74787
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=36730

  by crazy_nip
 
I dont know why everyone is so fascinated with these things

they were pieces of junk..

why do you think they were in ballast train service?

  by scottychaos
 
I like them too!
I used to see some of them running around the souther tier line (NY)
back in the 80's..
they are rare and unique, that makes them interesting!
Scot

  by ACLfan
 
The CSX C32-8 is posted at a gravel quarry near Junction City, GA, and is used to position the hopper cars for loading and setout for pickup by other trains.

Junction City is located about halfway between Macon and Columbus, GA, and is where the CSX's former AB&C main crosses under NS's former CofGA main.

ACLfan

  by Joe
 
I think they look neat and they also look like they were purposely fitted with little tiny windows. :-D

  by Leo_Ames
 
Do they have to be good locomotives to be liked by railfans?

Generally we're not the ones that have to work on them, so why not? Things like Baldwin Sharknoses weren't good locomotives according to what is generally said in books and places like Trains magazine, doesn't stop railfans, does it?

  by MR77100
 
So all of the C32-8's have met the scrapper's torch except for one?

  by TerryC
 
Yes it is true. It seems like scrapping companies are monsters! If they know a locomotive is historic , why scrap it?

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  by byte
 
Well ... the thing behind scrapping is that it's a form of recycling. If an older locomotive isn't going to be used, and will only be sitting around in a yard somewhere, then maybe it should be scrapped. If not, then that's tons and tons of steel that's really serving no purpose by just sitting there. If it were scrapped, that steel would work again toward the benefit of society (it could be melted down and made into a new locomotive, which would actually pull trains rather than just sitting there, rusting to the rails). And saving at least one of each locomotive model isn't going to happen, nor is it efficient or a true benefit to society. Look at all the museums out there that have many, many locomotives (and I'm not just talking about diesels, here - steam and electric too), and only a few of them, if any, actually run. The rest just sit there, and will eventually become too weathered and deteriorated to run without pouring loads of money into them. It's good, for the sake of making preservation easier, that locomotives are more standardized than they were in years past, but it's still inefficient and unfeasible to save as many locomotives as we want.

  by MR77100
 
Not if you are a railfan!

  by TerryC
 
Does a C32-8 sound diiferent than other General Electric locomotives? There is a strong chance that I am going to photograph it this summer and I want to be prepared to meet this locomotive version of lonesome George. What numbers does it have and what is the name of the quarry.
http://www.trainweb.org/csxphotos/photo ... 7479cr.jpg
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  by DutchRailnut
 
Here is picture of C32.8 Ex Ballast Express at Quarry.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=100525

  by MEC407
 
crazy_nip wrote:I dont know why everyone is so fascinated with these things
Many of us are fascinated by things that are rare, unusual, unique, "the underdog" etc.

  by MEC407
 
TerryC wrote:Does a C32-8 sound diiferent than other General Electric locomotives?
I've never seen one in person, but I would assume that they sound just like any other typical GE locomotive with an FDL motor. Lots of chugging and barking and "stack talk."