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If Baldwin Locomotives Was Still In Business Today

Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:20 am

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?
 
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RE: If Baldwin Locomotives Was Still In Business Today

Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:28 am

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.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y55/Steve_YYZ/2008_Trip/Old_Trains.jpg



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RE: If Baldwin Locomotives Was Still In Business Today

Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:25 pm

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.

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RE: If Baldwin Locomotives Was Still In Business Today

Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:24 am

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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