Old 09-23-2006, 03:01 AM   #1
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Hi again--
A couple of years ago, I heard from numerous sources that the days of THE SD-40's were coming to an end-- It seems there are more and more of them in service all the time--Many of those disposed of by their owners are now owned by leasing companies, who are leasing them back to the original owners-- Many still in their original colors, but with the new owners name stencilled under the cab windows-- I saw a BNSF merchandise train the other day with 3 of the KINGS on the head end-- No smoke, no hesitation, just the gutteral growl when they are pulling-- Does anybody have a feel for how long they will be around? Maybe they are like the B-52 bomber, and we'll see them for another 40 years or so-- Won't hurt my feelings--
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:23 AM   #2
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Ahhhhh... Locomotives for Real Men! They'll stay around for a long time, I hope.

With all its technical shortcomings, this shot says it all for me as far as mountain railroading is concerned. Shot it last year at the brickyard crossing in Altoona. They were shoving on a slab train. (toward my camera) The ground shook like an earthquake, the sound was unbelievable, and the fourth unit smoked like an Alco at times. A sensory overload experience I won't forget!

How about a guess on how much pressure was on the coupler on the gon?

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Old 09-23-2006, 06:07 AM   #3
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We still have a ton of old power like that. I always get stuck on a stinky unairconditioned SD45-2 on a train full of empties on the hottest day of the year every summer.

Those old battleships are not going anywere. The railroads own them out right and only need to pay for upkeep.
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:19 AM   #4
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You can't kill those damn things. However, RR's are selling and leasing SD40's so they can meet new emissions laws. Thats why BNSF sold all those SD40-2's and are leasing them. It gets them credit w/ the gov't as they buy all those new ES's and ACe's. A lot of them too are being converted to "B" units. IE keeping hte cab but not lead-worthy, which is very sad because think of a Dash-9 on the point every time. So unlike a GE from the 1980's, these things still have a lot of life left in them.

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Old 09-23-2006, 05:50 PM   #5
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I love SD40-2s! Near my area, the Union Pacific keeps a bunch of them on manifest freights between Council Bluffs and Chicago, and they are always a treat to see!

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They are even using em as yard goats!

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Old 09-23-2006, 11:04 PM   #6
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I think I have used everything except the 844 and one of the "Green Goats" to switch with. :P

That is the first "SD" I have seen rigged up as an RCL though. All of the RCLs we use are old goats and jeeps.

BTW that is an RCO class in the photo.
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:28 AM   #7
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I think I have used everything except the 844 and one of the "Green Goats" to switch with. :P

That is the first "SD" I have seen rigged up as an RCL though. All of the RCLs we use are old goats and jeeps.

BTW that is an RCO class in the photo.
So, switching with 3985 must have been fun, eh? (kidding)

If I recall correctly there was also an RCO SD40-2 in Green River.

So thats why there were so many guys on the porch...they were in class! It was kinda cool becasue I was standing on a bridge, and as the SD40-2 passed under me, everyone on the SD40-2 was waving at me, and I waved back! It was fun!
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:11 AM   #8
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So, switching with 3985 must have been fun, eh? (kidding)
Heck we were pulling and spotting an industry a few weeks back with 3 SD70ac's. We may as well had been using the 3985.

I am not suprised that they are using other SDs in other parts of the system. I bet they are using plenty of SD's at Roseville and Bailey. I think they dumped every wore out goat in the system on us. We have one old SP SW 1500 (originally used in LA) that is covered in "street art". We pulled about 80 cars with it and a Geep the other night. I almost got out and pushed.
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Chirs, I gotta say, around us on the Geneva Sub, "a bunch" is almost an understatement! I've seen them pulling everything but coal, but out of curiosity, have you ever seen one on a coal train? With C trains, it's either GEs or those SD9043MACs (which I've been seeing leading a lot lately, kinda interesting.) But how can you go wrong when you know that under all that Armour Yellow, there's still Northwestern Green just waiting for the paint to fade! Viva la CNW!
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There going to be around for along time. Its like there bulletproof !!!!!!!!
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Heck we were pulling and spotting an industry a few weeks back with 3 SD70ac's. We may as well had been using the 3985.
That sounds like something I would do on my model railroad!!!
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Chirs, I gotta say, around us on the Geneva Sub, "a bunch" is almost an understatement! I've seen them pulling everything but coal, but out of curiosity, have you ever seen one on a coal train? With C trains, it's either GEs or those SD9043MACs (which I've been seeing leading a lot lately, kinda interesting.) But how can you go wrong when you know that under all that Armour Yellow, there's still Northwestern Green just waiting for the paint to fade! Viva la CNW!
Nope, I have never seen one on a coal train, I normally see them on intermodal trains and manifests. I agree on the coal train power...I too have been seeing an influx (did I use that word right? ) of 90MACs on the point, which is great for me, cuz theyre amoung my favorites!
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Around here the only thing you see is sd40-2's and maybe a few dash 9's But ns is a different story around here ns has alot of sd70's and alot of dash 9's
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I usually see SD40-2's on local freights that pass by my school like five times during the entire day.
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I was on a stinky old p.o.s. SD40 for 16 hours today. YOU CAN HAVE THEM!
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