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Gregory Wallace
08-15-2003, 07:51 PM
I wonder what you guys' choice for best-looking locomotive might be?

I'm just learning to identify all the different locomotives... and there are a LOT to learn... but I've definitely identified my favorite (so far):

EMD E7(A) EMD E8(A)

By the way, why do I always see it written like that? Is it two different machines?

~Gregory
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E.M. Bell
08-15-2003, 10:12 PM
Best looking.. lets see...

EMD 4 axle... GP30 High Hood
EMD 6 Axle.... SD40-2 High Hood

Alco... any PA in any paint scheme....classic!!

GE....they all suck, but if I had to pick one, it would be the C30-7...

Fairbanks Morse... they where ALL ugly...


to answer you E unit question, the A or B reffers to the unit being an "A" unit with cab, or a "B" unit with out cab...

Gregory Wallace
08-16-2003, 03:50 PM
Best looking.. lets see...

EMD 4 axle... GP30 High Hood...


Mr. Bell, I'm new to all this. Is the locomotive in this photo what you mean by "high hood"? Thanks...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=24905
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Guilford350
08-16-2003, 04:27 PM
From EMD-
4-axle GP30
6-axle SD45, or SD70M with flared radiators

From GE-
4-axle B40-8
6-axle C44-9W

Is the locomotive in this photo what you mean by "high hood"?
Yes, that would be a high hood locomotive.

Lord Vader
09-02-2003, 09:51 PM
My faves:

Alco: RS-3
Baldwin: 6-axle Sharks built for the PRR
EMD: SD9
Fairbanks-Morse: H24-66 Trainmaster
GE: C40-8 standard cab
Lima-Hamilton: Centercab transfer units built for PRR

My all time favorite is the Alco RS-3.

iCe
09-02-2003, 10:21 PM
GE P42DC

(assuming it's North American only minus train-sets)

Gregory Wallace
09-03-2003, 04:53 AM
Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to my question. I actually searched the photos and looked at every locomotive you guys said you liked...and that has helped me learn many of the differences.

One thing, though -- two of you mentioned Fairbanks-Morse locomotives, but I can't find them listed in the photos. Is there some other name I should be looking under?

Thanks!
Gregory
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Guilford350
09-03-2003, 07:21 PM
You're right Gregory, there are no Fairbanks-Morse locomotives listed in the "Select Locomotive Type" menu. What I did is I searched "Fairbanks-Morse" in the Railroad Photo Search Engine but the search only came up with 2 photos. If you want, you can search on Google for Fairbanks-Morse locomotives or you could try this site: http://www.northeast.railfan.net/.

Trainman51
09-03-2003, 09:57 PM
All selections are Norfolk Southern
From EMD-
4 Axle-GP38-2 High Hood
6 Axle-SD40-2 with flared radiators

From GE-
4 Axle-B32-8
6 Axle -C40-9

Trainman51
09-03-2003, 09:58 PM
All selections are Norfolk Southern
From EMD-
4 Axle-GP38-2 High Hood
6 Axle-SD70M with flared radiators

From GE-
4 Axle-B32-8
6 Axle-C40-9

willie6622
09-03-2003, 10:05 PM
Favorite EMD 6 Axle: SD70 Standard Cab
Favorite EMD 4 Axle: GP35

Favorite GE 6 Axle: C32-8
Favorite GE 4 Axle: B36-7

Very interesting topic :)

Robert28
09-07-2003, 06:10 AM
I think I'd have to agree with willie on the standard SD70.

EMD SD70
Any of the high hood EMD's

GE C39-8 like the strange mix between -7 and -8 body styles.
GE C40-9 standard cab

Worst in my opinion was the high hood GE's that Southern had B23-7's I belive they were. May have been others.

Guilford350
09-07-2003, 04:28 PM
Worst in my opinion was the high hood GE's that Southern had B23-7's I belive they were. May have been others.
Yeah, I agree. High hood GE's aren't exactly my favorite but they do add some "personality" to a boring consist. Southern had high nose U23B's, B23-7's, and U30C's. High hood GE's sure are different, to say the least. :)

Williamb
09-19-2003, 05:02 PM
I wonder what you guys' choice for best-looking locomotive might be?

I'm just learning to identify all the different locomotives... and there are a LOT to learn... but I've definitely identified my favorite (so far):

EMD E7(A) EMD E8(A)

~Gregory

My favorite diesel locomotives are Alco's, (including MLW's), specifically the 6-axle brutes, C-628, M-630, and M-636. See this MLW /Alco link..

http://reay.net/cdnmlw/index.htm :shock:

I also like GM-built SD40-2T "Tunnel Motors", the SD40-2 "Snoot nose" and the SD90MAC. As for GE, the brutish C32-8, and C39-8 are my favorites because of their nose, curved roof cab, and all that great stuff on the roof f the long hood!

oltmannd
09-19-2003, 07:35 PM
Modern freight: SD60 - very clean lines, nice proportion
Modern passenger: HHP8 (electric), Genesis (diesel)

1st Gen freight - Baldwin sharknose
1st Gen passenger - Baldwin sharknose

Of course, the Baldwins ran like crap, but I don't think you can beat that styling. They looked great in almost every paint scheme.

I prefer the GE Genesis over the EMD F59 because it has cleaner lines. The F59 has too many trim pieces bolted on for my taste. I DON'T like the windshield on the Genesis - it looks like gun ports on an armored car - but decent paint makes up for it. Only the Metro North units look lousy.

The HHP8 just plain looks fast. Maybe not as nice looking as a GG1, but certainly a step up from the E60 "flying brick" look or the AEM7 "toaster" look.

The SD60 is all business but has nice, clean angular lines with no strange affectations, humps, lumps or bumps - no too long "porches" and a "just right" nose. The M cab version is too nose heavy. The SD70 is a close second, but it has those awful looking (but great performing!) radial trucks.

-Don

iCe
09-19-2003, 07:46 PM
I prefer the GE Genesis over the EMD F59 because it has cleaner lines. The F59 has too many trim pieces bolted on for my taste. I DON'T like the windshield on the Genesis - it looks like gun ports on an armored car - but decent paint makes up for it. Only the Metro North units look lousy.

Yes, I agree.. I think the F59 has failed desperately at trying to look modern. Even the F40PH is a lot better looking.

The HHP8 just plain looks fast. Maybe not as nice looking as a GG1, but certainly a step up from the E60 "flying brick" look or the AEM7 "toaster" look.

-Don

:D :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: too funny!

Williamb
09-19-2003, 07:49 PM
I agree with you Don, (and ICE)

I prefer the looks of the GE Genesis to the GM F59 as well. THe F59PH's are just too short looking, and whether they have the bubble nose or the better looking GO TRANSIT square nose, the Genesis still beat 'em.

If I had my way ... aside from changing the ugly windshield to a two piece, I wish GE would have six-wheel trucks on the Gennisis and offer a B-Unit too! Wouldn't an A-B-A set of AMTRAK :roll: six axle P42DC's look cool? :P

tomt
08-03-2005, 12:54 AM
first ho locomotive was a tyco c430
haven't seen (a real) one yet but i know what they look like
favorite to this day

CDTX_2051
08-03-2005, 03:27 AM
GE's Dash 8-32BWH is my favorite passenger engine.

trainmonster
08-03-2005, 07:29 AM
Kind of a tough question... quite a few.

Alcos!!

6-axle: C-636 with hi-ad trucks
4-axle: C-420
Passenger: PA

EMD conventional cabs: 4-axle: GP30, hi and lo hood
6-axle: SD40-2, hi-hood a must. SD45-2 close runner up.

EMD wide cabs: (don't like wide cabs) If I hafta take one, SD70m. All around good looking unit. SD70ACE is a real macho looking beast also. (haven't seen one in person yet)

GE: 4-axle: B36-7. 6-axle: U33, U36C.

Least favorite and #1 fugly: F59 and Genesis.

Rich

dodi4200
08-03-2005, 10:56 AM
the best of the best for me
passengers: GE P42DC
frieght: EMD SD70M ----------------> best of the best of the best :D

BNSFhogger
08-03-2005, 04:19 PM
My favorite is the FP45 in Warbonnet paint.

nordicus
08-03-2005, 04:22 PM
Personally, I always like GG1's. Just great lines on that loco.

bnsf sammy
08-03-2005, 05:35 PM
Wouldn't an A-B-A set of AMTRAK :roll: six axle P42DC's look cool? :P

Amtrak has never had a six -axle locomtive. MY favorite locos are

EMD=F59PHI in Amtrak Surfliner
GE= DASH 9-44CW in Santa Fe Warbonnet or ES44DC in BNSF H3

cmherndon
08-04-2005, 03:38 AM
Amtrak has never had a six -axle locomtive.

Oh really now?

[photoid=49325]
[photoid=10411]
[photoid=16081]

BNSF7687
08-04-2005, 04:10 PM
Oh really now?

Those don't count! :razz:


Hmmm, as you could probably figure out from my username, I like the BNSF 7687, ES44DC.

J
08-04-2005, 04:19 PM
Those don't count! :razz: Hmmm, as you could probably figure out from my username, I like the BNSF 7687, ES44DC.

Source: http://www.trainweb.org/railpix/ampix5.html

bnsf sammy
08-04-2005, 05:01 PM
Oh really now?



Whoops! :o

tomt
09-13-2005, 10:58 PM
purdy as a pic-tur...

http://www.trainnet.org/Libraries/Lib002/CP8460.JPG

ejen34
09-13-2005, 11:13 PM
purdy as a pic-tur...

http://www.trainnet.org/Libraries/Lib002/CP8460.JPG

Mighty nice looking cp's :)

jb17kx
09-14-2005, 09:18 PM
Yeah, bnsf sammy, whoops indeed... Forget the SDP40PH! (That's what the SD stands for)!!

I have always liked the styling of the F69, pity it never got to production...

BTW, The F59PHI does look okay in Amtrak California livery....

I also like the F40PH for its looks. There's just something about it...

JButler
09-15-2005, 06:35 PM
I think it would be hard to pick a single favorite, but I can narrow it down, my favorite early diesel, C&O FP7 and E8 in the silver, blue and yellow. But I have a soft spot of any Baldwin shark or Alco PA.
Favorite of the second generation would be a tie between C&O U25 and GP30 locos. I like the distinctive split 5 chime horn on the C&O geep 30s.
As for modern power, I have to go with the GE dash 8s, 9s and now their GEVOs in just about any paint. They look brutish and I think they have cleaner lines than modern EMD locos.

But the real number one spot in my heart for locomotives will always go to the C&O K4 2-8-4;-)

fuente1
09-19-2005, 06:09 PM
N&W J Class 4-8-4 Northerns are the best looking passenger locomotive ever built IMO. Their design and engineering under the streamlining wasent too shabby either :)

Frederick
09-19-2005, 09:25 PM
Best looking locomotive? I don't have any one that I favor, I have a whole list.

CN SD75i
CN D8-40CM
CP SD90/43 MAC
CP SD40-2
WC F45
BN 'Whiteface' 2-windshield SD60M
MRL SD70ACe
DMIR SD40-3

IC 6071
01-27-2007, 04:05 PM
I've got a few

WSOR SD40-2s, SD20s, and GP38s

GTW GP38s

IC SD70s

rlfranz
01-28-2007, 12:13 AM
EMD SD40-2 in any livery scheme gets my vote.

Classic power for so many years

Mark Rosnick
01-28-2007, 04:52 AM
EMD GP30 high or low hood
ALCO RS2 or RS3
GE U25B
Baldwin Shark
I'm oldschool I like the classics
How dare I forget the GG1

WisconsinCentral
01-28-2007, 03:08 PM
Frederick knows what he is talking about! (F45)

Heres a list also..

1. WC SD45s
2. WC F45s
3. SOO SD40s
4. SOO F units
5. Rock Island GP38-2s


But I also enjoy most all other WC and SOO units. I also really like the WC,GTWs,GM&Os,ICs,and DW&Ps straight SD40s.

Alec

SD70MACMAN
01-28-2007, 08:15 PM
F59PHI in the new Amtrak Cascades lively takes the top of the list for me
4 axle = BN GP50
6 axle = BN SD70MAC
Being a BNSF railfan, as long as its not a C44-9W/ES44, Im pretty happy.

Im only 19 and I don't live in a historically rich RRing area (ok, I do, but not much has been preserved), so I haven't really seen that much.

jfusaro
01-29-2007, 08:00 PM
no question...

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fuente1
02-02-2007, 02:59 AM
no question...

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Amen jfusaro, nothing beats that machine. PERIOD.

andy buckley
02-02-2007, 12:00 PM
Being in the UK and never having visited the US I can only go from photos and models, but from what I've seen in photographs the Penn GG1s probably looked the prettiest as far as lines go... (not counting conventional steam locomotives - the J class wins my 'US steam' vote here)

but for sheer 'presence' I would have to go with the Chesapeake and Ohio 2-C1-2-C1-B Baldwin Steam-Turbine Electrics (500 series)

andyb