Locomotive 2017


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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locomotives in the bloodstream

It is one of the great cathedrals of railroading. Absent of the grand architecture and elaborate design often associated with the ecclesiastical term, it’s a utilitarian, 307,000-square-foot assemblage of brick, steel, and glass, known simply as Building 10 in the sprawling GE Transportation complex on the east side of Erie, Pa. There’s an atmosphere of vitality about the place, and a palpable sense of history and humanity; an unmistakable feeling of connection with the generations of Erie workers who’ve earned a living building more than 25,000 locomotives — electrics, diesel-electrics, and gas-turbines — that have been born within the walls of the 107-year-old erecting hall. Building 10 is not open to the public. It’s rarely visited by anyone other than the men and women who work there, or those who have…

a reunion at 125 mph

My family’s photo album includes a small print of a young lad standing on the front porch of GO Transit GP40TC No. 604. It’s me, of course. The picture was taken on a sunny May 13, 1967, at GO’s first open house, held in the old Canadian Pacific Simcoe Yard on Wellington Street in Toronto. The occasion was a first public showing of the new commuter fleet for the Toronto area, which was scheduled to begin operation on May 23 of that year. The guest of honor at the event was No. 604, a 3,000-hp, four-axle machine, built in the London, Ontario, erecting shop of General Motors Diesel. The elongated Geep, built on an SD40 frame to accommodate a separate head-end power genset, had yet to turn a wheel in revenue…

2017 motive power review

The days of annual domestic locomotive production tallying 1,000 units or more are gone, at least for now. In the wake of the pre-Tier 4 surge that bumped locomotive sales, new orders have shriveled. Locomotive deliveries have been fading since 2014, and 2017 performance is the worst so far. Domestic production in 2017 is running almost 50 percent lower than 2016. The downturn in business that began several years ago is slowly rebounding, but with traffic still down across most business units, railroads have thousands of locomotives stored serviceable across the country. The practice of signing multi-year deals with locomotive builders has complicated the situation. These contracts provide the builders with production stability for multiple years, and the customer with a better price over the life of the agreement by committing…

2016 new locomotive construction

- Rows in italics are updates to year 2015 production - Numbers in parenthesis in Quantity column are total number of units in that order, if different from the quantity delivered in 2015 or represent size of a multi-year order * Estimated build date, unconfirmed by publication deadline Notes: 1. Built in Sacramento, Calif. 2. Built in Fort Worth, Texas. 3. Built in Brookville, Pa. 4. Built in Erie, Pa. 5. Built by Progress Rail, Muncie, Ind. 6. Built by Bombardier, Sahagun, Mexico. 7. Built by NS Juniata Shops, Altoona, Pa. 8. Built in Mount Vernon, Ill. 9. Built in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 10. Road No. 666 was skipped 11. Advance production from 2017 BNSF order. 12. CSXT 3375-3399 built in Erie, CSXT 3400-3474 built in Fort Worth. 13. 1603-1604 released in BNSF…

2016 locomotive rebuilds

Notes: A. Former BRC 534 converted from MP15DC to MP15AC by NS Juniata Shop, Altoona, Pa., D32U main generator replaced with AR10 alternator, electronic air brakes added. B. GP39-3 electrical upgrade by National Railway Equipment, Mount Vernon, Ill. (10) and Paducah, Ky. (8): GP38s rebuilt with microprocessors and up-rated to 2,300 hp by adding turbocharger. Former BNSF 2111, 2172, 2218, 2130, 2208, 2226, 2174, 2188, 2184, 2227, 2205, 2139, 2193, 2211, 2242, 2234, 2120, 2213, 2243. C. GP39-3 electrical upgrade by Relco at Albia, Iowa: GP38s rebuilt with microprocessors and up-rated to 2,300 hp by adding turbocharger. From BNSF 2246, GN 2562, BNSF 2141, 2223, 2245, 2140, 2237, 2228, 2241, 2207, 2204, 2176, 2203, 2238, LTEX 2450. (GN 2562, a former GP35, and LTEX 2450, a former GP30 built with…

prime movers

Necessity — to quote the Latin proverb famously borrowed by a band of California musicians — is the mother of invention. In the cool dawn of a spring morning it’s doubtful that the engineer at the throttle of BNSF Railway No. 3832 is giving any thought at all to old Latin proverbs, or even to Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention for that matter, as his heavy northbound grain train digs in on the long climb out of Mojave, Calif. He’s got 100 loads of grain, 10 locomotives teamed up in a four-byfour- by-two distributed-power configuration, and more than 65 miles of torturous mountain railroad ahead. The performance of every one of those locomotives is critical. Leading the pack are two new-generation General Electric ET44C4s whose very existence is proof positive…