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shadyjay wrote:That's not bad at all, considering they were an experimental type of locomotive.The FL9 or FL9m are not experimental in any way , the FL-9ac was as it was first production/prototype of AC propulsion locomotive in north America.
I believe the Cape picked up 2, and another is up at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, MA. If they get trackage rights again over the Berkshire Line, that would make 4 total still running in their original ex-NH territory (including the one on the RMNE).
[A first generation, but not a cab unit, Rutland RS-1 #405, built around 1950, is still on its as-built-for home rails today on the Vermont Rail System.]
The 73-class is still running, too. There is probably 10-20 owned by GB Railfreight and most are used to haul the Caledonian Sleeper north of Edinburgh. They are straight diesel now.Actually all operable 73s (29 in total I think) are still 650/750V 3rd rail capable, it's just that the heavily re-engineered 73/9 sub-class used on CS services to Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness don't get within 400 miles of the 3rd rail network... these particular 11 units are fitted with an MTU V8 1600 HP engine, but most of the others retain the original English Electric 600 HP unit. For any railfans visiting the UK, I recommend seeking these locomotives out - they are quite quirky (if somewhat box-like.)