• C39-8's

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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 crazy_nip
 
csx didnt buy c39-8's

they bought a load of c40-8's though

why? because they were junk would be my guess

  by n01jd1
 
Another reason you get flames out of the stack of four cycle engines is due to a build up of carbon deposits in the stack. Especially if the locomotive has sat idling for a day or so.


DutchRailnut wrote:any four stroke engine will flame if you load it to fast. its just that engine is reving up without the Turbo being up to speed to provide combustion air.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=49426

  by rocketman
 
carbon....yeah, ok

  by TerryC
 
I wonder why no short lines have purchased second hand C39-8s?

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  by Allen Hazen
 
There are a couple of reasons why shortlines haven't bought second-and C39-8.
One is whatever keeps second-hand GEunits ***in general** off shortlines: I've hear (on this forum and its predecessors) several factors mentioned: GE engines need special (expensive) tools for maintenance which aren't worth buying unless you have a fleet, for example.
But also, a locomotive the size of a C39-8 -- close to 200 tons, six axles, nearly 4000 hp -- isn't really suitable for many shortline applications.
The first reason is "overcome-able," and a certain number of second-hand B23-7 are in shortline service.

  by crazy_nip
 
TerryC wrote:I wonder why no short lines have purchased second hand C39-8s?
if no one bought them (new) because they were JUNK

why would anyone buy them 15-20 years later??

worn out junk is more useless than new junk

  by DutchRailnut
 
it seems Providence & Worchester rr has been pretty happy with their B39-8's and so is Connecticut Southern as far as I know.

  by trackspeeder
 
The reasons you don't find any C 39's on a shortline is as crazy nip posted. Alsoe the things are big! They are not a very good for switching out a train. As for maintenance GE are no harder to maintain than any other loco out their.They require about the same amount of special tools as the other locomotives. :P Oh remember a big hammer can fix any locomotive :-)

  by MEC407
 
DutchRailnut wrote:it seems Providence & Worchester rr has been pretty happy with their B39-8's and so is Connecticut Southern as far as I know.
Montreal Maine & Atlantic doesn't seem to be having any major problems with their B39s either. Yes, they did have a major issue with traction motors last winter, but it was recently revealed that those motors had been "rebuilt" by an outside firm who apparently did a really poor job.

  by emd_SD_60
 
CSXT got 9 C39-8's from the infamous Conrail merger. I do not know why only Norfolk Southern and Conrail bought them.


Here's an ex-Conrail C39-8 owned by CSX, leading a grain train:
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=90323

It's future looks bright, as it has been painted in YN3 paint. :wink:

  by catfoodflambe
 
Chris, on the contrary. Nine of the ten B39's are stored at Waycross GA - and the 10th (7480) was just returned from the UP and is enroute on Q643. The leases have expired, and they've likely made their last run for CSX. These would make a nice sale to the right regional carrier!

Someone was kind enough to post the following on "Western Ohio Rails yesterday...

Locations/last movements off computer:

CSXT 7480 ARRIVED LOAD Q64315 LAFAYETTE IN 0116 1701 CSXT A
CSXT 7481 ARRIVED LOAD Q54509 WAYCROSS GA 0111 0650 CSXT A
CSXT 7482 ARRIVED LOAD Q49119 WAYCROSS GA 0821 0215 CSXT A
CSXT 7483 ARRIVED LOAD Q60208 WAYCROSS GA 0110 0755 CSXT A
CSXT 7484 ARRIVED LOAD Q54908 WAYCROSS GA 0108 1810 CSXT A
CSXT 7485 ARRIVED LOAD Q49113 WAYCROSS GA 0114 0345 CSXT A
CSXT 7486 ARRIVED LOAD X45209 WAYCROSS GA 0109 2230 CSXT A
CSXT 7487 ARRIVED LOAD Q68509 WAYCROSS GA 0111 0610 CSXT A
CSXT 7488 ARRIVED LOAD Q49119 WAYCROSS GA 0821 0215 CSXT A

7482 & 7483 are painted YN3
7484 & 7488 are painted YN2
remainder painted CR

  by MEC407
 
catfoodflambe wrote:Chris, on the contrary. Nine of the ten B39's
Did you mean C39, not B39?