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Locomotive 2018 features 100 pages of compelling photography and information - from modern makeovers to historic locomotives. The all-new 2018 edition includes: - All-new motive power review: An exclusive listing of every new locomotive built plus major rebuilds in North America. - Updated big six fleets by the numbers: A look at upward and downward trends in comparison to last year. - A locomotive is born: A look back at David P. Morgan's 1962 Trains feature following General Electric's U25B from concept to completion. - BNSF in the Wilds of Wyoming: Explore remote operations in the state's Bighorn Basin. - And much more!

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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the face of railroading

I’m dating myself, but I recall an age when the annual release of the new-model-year cars (the automotive sort, that is) was one of the most anticipated autumn events. Right up there with the World Series, the fall fair, and the chestnut harvest. The showroom windows of local car dealers were papered over in advance of the official unveiling of the new models; the first arrivals were shrouded for delivery. The excitement was palpable. We’d watch the streets as the new models made their debut, wowed by the ever-wilder tail fins of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville, the distinctive grille of the restyled 1961 Pontiac Bonneville, my uncle’s pale-yellow 1963 Mercury Comet convertible, the mid-season mania generated by the first Ford Mustangs in spring 1964.Railroading had its own version of…

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big noise from la grange

The sound of engines is a kind of industrial music, evoking time and place. Ask anyone who witnessed the scream of an Offenhauser flashing past the pits at Indianapolis. Or felt the thrum of Pratt & Whitney radials over wartime East Anglia. Or, better yet, thrilled to the chant of a brand-new 567 prime mover — just off the assembly line — spooling up for the first time and sending a plume of blue exhaust over Electro-Motive Division’s fabled factory on the southwest suburban side of Chicago. A place known simply as La Grange.There’s a news story still hanging out there that, if it comes to pass, would bring an end to this wonderful association. Caterpillar’s Progress Rail division, successor to EMD, is contemplating moving engine production from La Grange…

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motive power review

Union Pacific SD70ACe-T4 No. 3037 and BNSF ES44C4 No. 6653 lead Norfolk Southern train 217 over the Ohio River bridge at Kenova, W.V., on May 25, 2018. (Brandon Townley)The locomotive industry and the railroads’ own fleets are certainly in strange times. Manufacturers continue to fill up production space — once allocated for new-build locomotives — with rebuilds and modernizations, while railroads attempt to right-size their fleets, many in opposite directions of each other. Some railroads, like Canadian National and Norfolk Southern, can’t seem to find enough locomotives while others, such as CSX, purge locomotives by the hundreds.In early 2018, both Progress Rail and General Electric were in the remarkable position of having near-equal quantities of orders for new and rebuilt locomotives on the books: Progress with slightly less than 75…

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motive power makeovers

Its fresh red paint shining in the warm sun of a spring afternoon, Canadian Pacific 8000 strikes a time-honored builder’s-portrait pose in the backyard of the GE Transportation plant in Erie, Pa. Generations of new GE locomotives, electrics, gas-turbines, and diesel-electrics, for railroads around the globe, have posed for builder’s photos on these tracks. However, neither the locomotive nor the circumstances are traditional. Beneath the brilliant red paint is a 23-year-old AC4400CW. Well, most of it, at least. Built as CP 9521 in summer 1995, the big A.C. returned to its Erie birthplace in late 2017 as the prototype for the second phase of a modernization program. Retracing its path on the Building 10 erecting floor, it emerged better than ever, with a new operator cab, new electronics and control…

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wild wyoming

On June 21, 2016, former Burlington Northern SD60M No. 1404 leads a GP39-2 and the south local back toward Greybull at milepost 387 in Manderson, Wyo.It’s difficult to believe that less than 24 hours earlier, I set out from Wisconsin, my truck packed full of gear for an annual summer vacation in Wyoming and Montana. It was a grueling 1,100-mile drive, but now I find myself cresting the Bighorn Mountain range between Sheridan and Greybull, Wyo. As I left Sheridan, the temperature was in the 80s; at the top of the Bighorns, it’s barely in the 50s. Melting snow mingles with silvery lupine and Indian paintbrush wildflowers. The cool temperatures are elevation-induced and brief. By the time I pull into Greybull, it will be back into the upper 80s. It’s…

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a locomotive is born

Its one-piece hood suspended by an overhead crane, one of the 753-series demonstrators shows off a new FDL16 engine.Editor’s note: This feature was originally published as the cover story in the September 1962 issue of Trains. Most of the photographs illustrating this revisited version are previously unpublished.In the mounting skepticism with which London’s internationally circulated Diesel Railway Traction views American locomotive practice, perhaps the cruelest adjective hurled in our direction is “conventional.” Its editors deplore the power-to-weight ratios, axle loadings, and adhesive characteristics of our domestic diesels as well as what they consider to be the culprits: slow-speed engines and electric transmissions. In its 1962 annual review number, the overseas trade press dismissed all three U.S. bestsellers — Alco’s DL-640, EMD’s GP30, and GE’s U25B — as “no more than…