Hey guys. I grew up wtih E-units! For the first 6 years of my life I lived only a mile away from the BN's triple-track raceway in Aurora, IL. MY mother would take me down to the tracks every weekday afternoon, and I would watch the parade of trains. I can still hear that distinctive thundering the E-units made with their new duel 645E prime movers. I referred to them, as well as F-units as the "Smiley-faced engines," for good reason. Watching the rush hours was alot of fun, and I do recall seeing as many as 3 units lashed up together. My grandmother lived in Park Ridge, only 2 blocks from the C&NW main, and I saw alot of RTA/C&NW E's on the commuter trains.
Getting back to the BN units, I'm trying to figure out where they all went. Here is the information I have so far:
-2 were kept my BN for executive service
-4 went to IC for executive service
-2 went to the Susquehanna RR
-6 went to MARC commuter corp. out east
-1 went to Arkansas
-at least 3 are at the IC shops in Homewood, IL
That is 18 of the 25. Some please correct if I am wrong. Does anyone know what happened to the other 7? To answer the question for this thread, yes, I miss these units a lot! I grew up with them, and it was seeing them every day that started my interest in trains.