Locomotive 2016


From the publisher of Trains magazine, Locomotive 2019 is back with the latest trends, statistics, and inside stories from the exciting world of locomotives. This year’s edition pays tribute to the longtime locomotive builder ALCO, 50 years after the company ceased production. Other stories include: • Electro-Motive F59s: A story about two diesel-electric locomotives built by General Motors. • Mission Control: How Wabtec-GE remotely monitors locomotives around the globe. • All-New Motive Power Review: Exclusive listing of new locomotives and major rebuilds. • Updated Big Six Fleets by the Numbers: A look at this year’s trends. • And more!

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emd marches to a new beat

The sweet rhythm of the two-stroke diesel has defined Electro-Motive locomotives since the dawn of dieseldom. From the 600-hp, eight-cylinder Winton 201A engines lowered onto the cast frames of the first Electro-Motive Corp. diesels — a pair of Delaware, Lackawanna & Western SC model switchers assembled by GE in Erie, Pa. — through the legendary 567 prime mover that powered EMD to generations of market domination, to its 645- and 710-series successors, EMD has held true to the two-stroke standard since 1934. That distinct EMD chant has been grooved in the soundtrack and psyche of railroading for more than 80 years. It’s a sound that transcends the subtle intonations of evolutionary advancements from 567 to 645 to 710 and knows not the limitations imposed by borders or oceans or cultures. Indeed,…

ode to the class 66

On May 10, 2016, two locomotives, both named Evening Star, stood face to face in the Great Hall of Britain’s National Railway Museum in York, England. They were similarly attired in the classic British Railways Brunswick green with orange-and-black striping. The elder Evening Star, 56-year-old 9F 2-10-0 No. 92220, was enshrined in York for its significance as the last steam locomotive BR built. It looked on as dignitaries bestowed its historic name upon GB Railfreight “Class 66” No. 66779, the last Electro-Motive JT42CWR to be built for the U.K. and European markets. Outfitting the Class 66 freight locomotive in the green livery reserved for BR express passenger steam locomotives was the inspiration of Railfreight’s head of engineering, Bob Tiller, and repeated an honor granted to the original Evening Star upon its…

locomotive 2016 motive power review

With 2015 marking the first full year of Tier 4 locomotive production, builders and their customers have settled in on the final stage of industry emissions compliance. Since early 2015, builders have been constructing three different classifications of locomotives, Tier 4, Tier 4 Credit, and non-certified, for use in North America. Rebuilt and remanufactured locomotives generally are not required to meet Tier 4 standards, and are not covered by the definitions listed below: — Tier 4 means the locomotive has been certified in compliance with strict Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015. New locomotives constructed after this date must meet (and maintain) Tier 4 emission standards to operate in the United States. — Tier 4 Credit means the locomotive was built after 12:01 a.m.…

emd’s tier 4 lineup

Electro-Motive Diesel is making its Tier 4 debut in 2016 with three new freight and passenger locomotive models and two new prime movers to drive them. Powered by the four-stroke EMD 1010 engine, the C-C SD70ACe-T4 and the four-motor, B1-1B SD70ACeP4-T4 are EMD’s longawaited Tier 4 freight models. The sleek, Caterpillar C175-20 powered F125 is the company’s new passenger locomotive. SD70ACe-T4 No. 1501 introduced the model at the Railway Supply Institute show in Minneapolis last fall. Nos. 1502 and 1503 went for testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo. Another 10 demonstrators were built in early 2016. The SD70ACe-T4’s 12-cylinder, four-cycle, two-stage turbocharged 1010 prime mover is a radical but necessary departure from the battle-tested, two-cycle engines that have powered EMD locomotives since the dawn of dieselization. EMD’s earlier attempt at…

size matters

Acquire one well-used SD40-2, cut it in two, add state-of-the-art technology, a new carbody and cab, and bingo: two versatile, brand-new switchers that are Tier 4 compliant. That’s the short story of Tractive Power Corp.’s new TP56 and TP70 industrial switchers. As Class I railroads continue to shed as many switching operations as possible, numerous industries have begun to perform their own switching or contract it to private operators. This, along with more stringent emission regulations, has opened a new market for small motive power. British Columbia-based Tractive Power has a unique solution: a compact (27-foot, 10-inch), robust, three-axle, diesel-electric switcher constructed using a single EMD HT-C truck, three D77 traction motors, and half the frame of an EMD SD40-2. The TP56 (56,000 pounds tractive effort) and TP70 (70,000 pounds tractive…


Their freshly painted cabs as blue as the winter sky, Norfolk Southern Nos. 4000 and 4001 march a loaded coal train up Starkey Hill on the south side of Roanoke, Va., on a sunny February 2016 afternoon. The bright blueand-gray color scheme worn by the two NS GEs is a radical departure from the road’s signature black and white — and a hint that there’s more to these newly rebuilt Dash 9s than meets the eye. In the cab of NS No. 4000, engineer Chad Jordan can vouch for the fact that flashy paint is the least radical feature of the two rebuilt GEs on the head end of his train. Assisted by a manned ES44AC helper set on the rear of the train, Jordan’s 20-year-old locomotives have the fit, feel,…