newyorkcentral wrote:I'm curious as to why the F40's were made w/o steps on the unit? I would at least think there would be steps, ladders to climb up to the cab
From the descriptions of the other threads I would think this unit WAS nothing more than a road engine
A step by definition implies that you more or less will be moving up and forward making it possible to climb using only your legs. Because of this, there would be no way to have actual steps on a hood unit because the cab and nose is as wide as the locomotives frame. Ladders are the only choice. They do however use a decent size footplate to climb on vs tradition railroad grab irons. On F40's, you had a ladder that went straight up to the cab and then you had a switching ladder on each side of the front. This still allowed you to ride the leading end
of the movement, albeit not in the same comfort an actual platform would give you. Where the hood ends on a hood unit, stairs can be added since they need only shorten the width of the rear platform to allow the steps to move inward as they progress.
F40's, like the P40's and P42's were never intended to haul freight or be used in yard switching. They were built as mainline locomotives to work as road units. In fact, P40's and 42's not only lack the forward mounted switching ladders, but it is against the rules to even ride the side ladders on the front due the risk of injury from truck componenets.