747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 942 times:
I became some what interested in Baldwin Locomotives. I love locomotives, and I thought Baldwin was a great name for a locomotive company. I started researching Baldwin locomotives, and fold out that their diesel electric locomotives, did not use V-16s and V-12s or in EMD case V-20s, which EMD, Alco and GE did. Baldwin diesel electric locos, was powered by over size 8 and 6 cylinders engines.
So I wonder, how would Baldwin locomotives work today? Would there super size 8 and 6 cylinders, be able to handle these heavy coal and stack trains we have today?
photopilot From Cuba, joined Jul 2002, 2439 posts, RR: 20 Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 932 times:
Well, if you like old Baldwin Locomotives, have a look at this one.
I can't tell you the age or model but the Baldwin name is in the circular star on the front of the engine. It's located in Havana Cuba just behind their Capitolio Bldg (dome in background). I have no idea the what or why it's sitting on what amounts to an abandoned lot. One of those oddities of travelling in Cuba. Thought you might enjoy em anyway.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5673 posts, RR: 29 Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 840 times:
Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter): I started researching Baldwin locomotives, and fold out that their diesel electric locomotives, did not use V-16s and V-12s or in EMD case V-20s, which EMD, Alco and GE did
EMD used V-6s and V-8s in some models. The SW1 was a 6 cylinder diesel and the SW8 all the way up the SW1000 was 8 cylinder.
The Alco S1 and S3 had straight 6s, like the Baldwin. The Also RS-1 also had a straight 6. The S-1 and S-3 compare to the Baldwin VO-1000.
Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton built more swicthers than road switchers so I would be better to compare most BLH locomotives to Alco S series and EMD SW models. The Baldwin AS16 and AS616 compare more to Alco RS1 and RSD1
I would imagine BLH would have grown their engine over the years to meet the needs to customers, the same way EMD and Alco did. The GEs came later, in 1960, and by that time the market had changed dramaticly. The GE switcher of the 40s and 50s didn't have same types of engines their roadswitcher in the 60s had.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 759 times:
That is indeed an oddity, being an older, outside frame narrow gauge locomotive. Baldwin would have likely had to follow EMD's lead to stay in the game, shifting from production of road and switcher locomotives to general purpose units.
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