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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 jgallaway81
 
Hey guys...

A friend of mine just sent me a picture of a 2-axle 44-ton GE centercab.

This got me thinking... what other styles of "mini-engines" did GE produce, and did EMD ever produce any of these?

Is there a site with pics of the different switchers GE produced over teh years?

The DASH-9's and Evolutions are nice, but the critters keep the industries going.

  by Allen Hazen
 
There are, or at least used to be, a couple of websites with photos of a variety of GE switchers: "Yard Limits" was one, another was called something like "Railroading in the Northeast" and, sorry, I don't have URLs for either.
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GE used to make lots of small locomotives, but in he last couple of decades apparently decided that that part of the locomotive-building trade was not profitable. The New York subway system's work trains are usually pulled by (approx. 50 ton) endcab diesel switchers-- look like malnourished GE 70 tonners. The older ones were built by GE, the newer by another company to which I think GE sold the design.
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For a fun variant, scroll down the GE forum. One of GE's standard critters between about 1940 and the late 1950s was a 25-ton two-axle endcab, and someone has posted links to photos of a BB variant for two-foot gauge!

  by Allen Hazen
 
O.K., one of the photo sites is apparently called Northeast Rails, and the first of several pages of thumbnails of GE switchers is
http://www.northeast.railfan.net/diesel11.html

  by GOLDEN-ARM
 
Here's where we keep an eye on the remaining HH series of Alcos. You might find your "critters" here....... http://yardlimit.railfan.net/index.html