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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1055 times:

Which engine manufacurer (of the big 3) do you prefer? A(merican)L(ocomotive)Co., GE or GM/EMD?

My personal choice is EMD
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User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Electro-Motive Division


J Parker Lamb Photo from http://www.trains.com


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

Depends on the era I guess. I like all EMD's from all eras, but I'm especially a fan of the EMD "E" and "F" units, as well as the 1st generation roadswitchers. 1st generation 567 powered prime movers sound best of all EMD's IMO. -- Like pretty much all Alco's, with the RS2/RS3 series being my favorite. "Century" series also have a certain brutish quality that appeal to me. -- GE's? Later U-boats and the Dash 7 series ( love those radiators ) look husky and I like the "chug" and smoke of their prime movers. The newer widecab Dash 8/Dash 9's are OK, but the rest of the GE stuf is uglier than snot...and the Genesis passenger locomotive is the most hideous yet. -- That's from an enthusiasts stanpoint: But if I were running a class 1 RR, I'd probably go with 2nd gen EMD power. SD40-2's, and the ever versatile and reliable as the day is long GP38.

User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5509 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1038 times:

I love the classic lines of the "F" series; the ultimate in cool, especially in mostly-unpainted colors.

What a stir they made when first they appeared, against a backdrop of cinders and steam.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

What?! The Genesis is the most bad asstic looking out there!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1018 times:

You left out Fairbanks Morse.

Trainmasters where the thing in their days man!



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1014 times:



This is a Trainmaster, photo credit on the image.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineDC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

I think GE's AMD-103 is a very good looking engine, especially in the Amtrak livery.

CSX also uses 12-wheelers for their coal trains which look pretty sharp, but I forgot who makes them.


User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 999 times:

The 6-axle power on CSX coal trains is mostly GE C40-8's and C44-9 wide nose...and some EMD SD70MAC's. Of course, they're not the ONLY power you'll see, but for the most part that's what you'll see on unit coal trains. -- As far as the AMD-103 Genesis, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree: Although their are exceptions, it seems to be based on age. The younger ( teen ) fans tend to like them, as do Europeans. To me, it looks like the box it came in. The new "Acela" inspired paint scheme helps somewhat though...and they DO have a nice throaty exhaust note. -- It really hit us a few years ago when a few other fans and myself were at the Danbury ( Ct. ) RR museum raildays near the MNCRR station there. We were trying to get photos ( slides ) of the remaining Metro North classic EMD F-units in action there, while a group of younger ( I'm guessing 14-17 y/o ) were totally ignoring them and and going nuts over the newer "grey ghost" MNCRR Genesis power...even wearing hats and shirts with little AMD103's embroidered on them. I guess they'll grow on me eventually: I used to be lukewarm on the old Amtrak F40's and now THEY are looking real good now Smile

User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 982 times:

For passenger service, I prefer GM's F40-PH to the new GE P32/P40/P42 Genesis units--the F40s had character! The Genesis locos are nice, have all the latest safety improvements, etc.--but I prefer an F40 on the East Coast service trains (the ones that don't cross the Mississippi) because they're all single-story cars, as the Genesis locos do look nice when coupled to the Sunset Ltd or any other Superliner service train.

In 4-axle freight, I really prefer a GP-38 (in new CSX colors, of course!) and in 6-axle, I'd have to say it's a toss-up between the C44-9W and the AC4400W--I suppose the only difference between those two is that one is an AC traction loco.

DC10Tony, I can answer that question - I was out at WPK all day yesterday here in Orlando and the CSX/OUCX (Orlando Utilities Commission) coal train's HE consisted of two C44-9Ws.


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