Old 10-03-2009, 01:47 PM   #1
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I'm just a casual railfan and don't know the equipment like you guys. So can I get some help ID'ing the type of engine this is? Many thanks.

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Old 10-03-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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That is a GP38-2, a very common shortline locomotive in today's railroading scene. 2000 HP, built by EMD at LaGrange, IL. It started life with the Illinois Central, then went to the Missouri Kansas Texas (aka the Katy), Union Pacific, and then on to the Arizona & California. It doesn't appear to be on the A&C any longer-- where did you take this shot?

If you want help with spotting loco types, feel free to ask here any time. For the basics on that one, if you notice it has two axles per truck. For an EMD locomotive, that is usually a GP class, or an SW if it is a switcher body locomotive (high cab at the end of the frame). Six axles per truck is an SD class.

The other major builder is GE, and they class 4 axle locomotives as B, and 6 axle locomotives as C. For example, a somewhat common GE shortline locomotive you may see is a B-23-7. B= 4 axles 23= 2300 HP 7= what type of electrical system. That would be pronounced B 23 dash 7. Both EMD and GE pronounce the last symbol as a ready out "Dash." EMD's, for example are "Dash two" and "Dash 3" where the GEs tend to be more of a decade based scheme (7= 70s-early 80s, 8= late 80s early 90s, 9= mid to late 90s).

Probably more than you ever wanted to know, but might come in handy as you paruse photos on the site and see them in action.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for all the help! I took the shot in the shadows of the Dallas skyline. Have no idea why this equipment was there.
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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Probably working for the Dallas, Garland & Northern (DGNO). Both of these railroads are owned by RailAmerica, and locomotives are often moved around between properties.

Thank you for the additional info on location. I photographed 3894 on the A&C back in 2005, so nice to know where it is these days!
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I'm going off topic here but what an interesting building that is above the Brakeman/Conductor.

Umm, also, if you see a diesel that is longer than the usual switcher, but with an EMD style cab, those the nicknamed "Gensets". The other GE diesel Mike Derrick forgot to mention, was the new GEVO's (ES40DC, ES40AC, ES44DC, ES44AC & C45ACCTE) or in EMD's case the SD70ACe and SD70M-2.
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I'm going off topic here but what an interesting building that is above the Brakeman/Conductor.
I think it is Bank of America Plaza
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of...a_%28Dallas%29

The building on the right edge is Comerica
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comerica_Bank_Tower

In the middle, I think, is Residence Tower
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_Tower

I'm not a Dallas guy but I think this is all correct. Dallas is a good skyscraper town.
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