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Old 04-22-2017, 03:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by xBNSFer View Post
This was a model developed at the behest of BNSF, in order to get a reduced cost AC traction unit for non-coal service (primarily intermodal) where AC traction 6 axles are unnecessary overkill. FEC has long ordered units using specifications of larger roads in order to keep their prices down, and being a pretty flat operation the A-1-A arranged AC traction engines were a perfect fit.

As for GE having "little success" with this product, BNSF bought (between ES44C4s and ET44C4s) a total of 1,465 units so far - you can count on the ET44C4 to be the lion's share of future orders too. It's one of the main reasons GE's new factory capacity was built in Fort Worth, TX. So much for the "little success" GE has attracting orders for this model.
Someone should explain to the Power Desk what they are for...
I personally have had a problem with those trying to tell us to turn railroad photography into an "art form." It's fine for them to do so, I welcome it in fact, but what I do have a problem with is that the practitioners of the more "arty" shots, I have found, tend to look down their nose's at others who are shooting more "mundane" shots.
Railroad photography is what you make of it, but one way is not "better" than another, IMHO. Unless you have a pole right thought the nose of the engine! -SG
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