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LCJ wrote:Never throw away what you can recycle, I always say. I'm sure they're made of perfectly good steel. Steel usually melts at around 1370 degrees C (2500°F). At that point it becomes a basic component of a good locomotive.Well, I think the 'throw away' part infers more the 'planned obsolescence' of US auto manufacturing during the 1950s-1970s period (ironically many vehicles of the time are preserved, and are usually in 'better than new' condition since the originally assembly-line worker had a little less attachment to 1 of dozens of autos he worked on that day, as opposed to the restorer working on one vehicle for days or weeks).
Allen Hazen wrote:(I'm sure you, like me, wish GE had been willing to sell affordable rebuild kits allowing railroads to upgrade U18B internally... preferably with minimal cosmetic changes! (Grin!))That's for sure! Just a few days ago I was talking with a friend about what the Maine Central might look like today if it had remained independent. One of the scenarios we thought of was in regards to their U25Bs (ex-CRIP), which were extraordinarily tired and worn by the time MEC got them... but they would have made decent cores for a batch of Super 7s. And later, perhaps around the mid-'90s, it would be time to do something similar with the U18Bs.